Information for Travelers Undergoing Self-Quarantine
On March 30, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued a self-quarantine edict requiring road travelers from any location in Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days after they arrive.
On March 30, 2020, Gov. Abbott extended the previous air traveler self-quarantine edict to include persons traveling from California; Louisiana; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; and Miami, Florida.
On March 26, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued a self-quarantine edict requiring air travelers from the tri-state area near New York City and from New Orleans to self-quarantine for 14 days after they arrive.
Instructions for self-quarantined travelers can be found on the CDC COVID‑19 Traveler Information Card.
Information for TravelersWith the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in China, the State of Texas encourages everyone to heed the advice of the CDC and U.S. State Department and avoid travel to China. Companies, universities and others with personnel there should make arrangements to return their people to the United States or move them to another area without ongoing coronavirus spread.
Travel Notices and Advisories
CDC travel health notices
U.S. State Department travel advisory
CDC COVID-19 Traveler Information Card
CDC Check and Report Everyday (CARE) Booklet – China
Information for Healthcare ProvidersThe following resources will assist healthcare providers in the evaluation of patients who may be ill with or who may have been exposed to COVID-19:
- DSHS COVID-19 Testing Algorithm (PDF, V.40, updated 3/20/20)
- DSHS Criteria to Guide Testing of PUIs for COVID‑19 (PDF, V.5.0, updated 3/16/2020)
Infection Control & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- What Healthcare Personnel Should Know about Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID‑19 Infection (CDC)
- Healthcare Supply of PPE (CDC)
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE (CDC)
- PPE Burn Rate Calculator (CDC)
- How to properly don (put on), use, and doff (remove) PPE (CDC)
- FDA Information on PPE for Infection Control
- DSHS Information on PPE (PDF, V.1.0, posted 3/22/2020)
- DSHS Strategies for Optimizing Supply of PPE (PDF, V.1.0, posted 3/25/2020)
- COVID-19 Infection Control (CDC)
- Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF) (CDC)
- Interim Additional Guidance for Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities (CDC)
- Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings (CDC)
- Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick (CDC)
- TCEQ Guidance on Disposal of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contaminated Waste
- DSHS COVID-19 Guidance for Public Health Home Service Providers (PDF, V.2.0, updated 3/26/2020)
- COVID-19—Fighting Products (Center for Biocide Chemistries)
- EPA-Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19 (EPA)
Requests for Assistance from DSHS (PPE, etc.)
Hospitals and healthcare professionals should follow their normal process of trying to locate emergency medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other healthcare resources with their regular vendors and exhaust all possible options. These options may include contacting any sister facilities for coordination, reaching out to local partners or stakeholders, looking at any possible reallocations within the Public Health Region, Healthcare Coalition, Regional Advisory Council regions, or other medical supply agencies, given established priority groups. If hospitals and healthcare professionals cannot obtain any PPE from their vendor(s) and have exhausted all alternative options, they should send their official requests to their local office of emergency management via the STAR process. Please ensure you provide all relevant details for your request, to include type of item, POC information, and delivery address.
Isolation Precautions for COVID-19
- DSHS Interim Guidance for Persons Isolated at Home with Confirmed COVID-19 (PDF, V.1.1, posted 3/30/2020)
- DSHS Non-Test-Based Strategy for Releasing Cases and Contacts from Home Isolation and Quarantine (PDF, V.1.0, posted 3/23/2020)
- CDC Guidance for Immunocompromised Individuals
Laboratory Testing Fact Sheets
- Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for COVID-19 (CDC)
- Fact Sheet for Patients (CDC)
- Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers (CDC)
- As of March 13, the following private labs are offering, or will shortly begin offering, COVID‑19 testing:
For disease reporting and/or local assistance, see the listing of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Local Health Entities.