Information for Hospitals & Healthcare Professionals

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DSHS has compiled the following resources to assist hospitals and healthcare professionals in their planning and response to COVID‑19.

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For disease reporting and/or local assistance, see the listing of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Local Health Entities.

COVID-19 Testing Notice: DSHS Austin Laboratory

As of Monday, April 13, 2020, the Texas DSHS Austin Laboratory will begin utilizing the PerkinElmer New Coronavirus Nucleic Acid Detection Kit and chemagic extraction platform to expand capacity for COVID-19 testing. The CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel will continue to be available until current supply resources are exhausted.

Please continue to use the COVID‑19 Specimen Collection and Submission Instructions located on the DSHS Laboratory website for specimen collection, handling, and shipping guidance.

ALL specimens for COVID‑19 testing require preapproval. Contact your Local Health Department or DSHS Public Health Region to ensure patient meets Person Under Investigation (PUI) criteria for testing and to obtain DSHS approval to test. Specimens MUST meet DSHS PUI criteria prior to shipping and WILL NOT be tested without prior approval. Please DO NOT ship specimens prior to receiving this approval.

Updated 4/13/2020

Healthcare professionals can also find interim guidance (including patient evaluation, reporting, testing, specimen collection, and prevention and control recommendations) on the CDC website:
CDC Guidance for Health Professionals

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This page is being updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated July 28, 2020