News Releases

DSHS Resumes Filling Medical Staffing Requests

Aug. 11, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services has informed cities, counties and health care facilities that the state will resume filling requests for medical surge staff that cannot be met locally.

DSHS to Award $10 Million in Grants to Support Local Vaccination Efforts Across Texas

July 28, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services will award $10 million to local organizations working to promote COVID-19 vaccinations in Texas.

Texas Reports Year’s First West Nile Case

July 27, 2021

Public health officials have confirmed the state’s first case of illness caused by West Nile virus in 2021.

Operation Lone Star Returns Next Week with Free Health Services at Six Sites

July 23, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services and its partners are again offering free health clinics at locations around South Texas as a way to prepare for disasters and public health emergencies.

DSHS Launches New Round of Pop Up Vaccine Events

July 22, 2021

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on the rise in Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services is again hitting the road to promote vaccination.

DSHS Statement on Monkeypox Investigation

July 16, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services is working with Dallas County Health and Human Services and the CDC to investigate a single case of monkeypox virus infection in a Dallas County resident who recently returned from Nigeria.

Texas Begins Screening Newborns for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

June 1, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services today adds testing for spinal muscular atrophy to the health screening done for every baby born in Texas.

Adolescents Ages 12 to 15 Years Now Eligible To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

May 12, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services has notified vaccine providers that they should begin to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents from 12 to 15 years old, in line with federal guidance.

DSHS Encourages Pediatric Providers To Enroll in COVID-19 Vaccine Program

May 7, 2021

In anticipation of the expansion of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine’s Emergency Use Authorization to include adolescents age 12 years and older, the Texas Department of State Health Services invites pediatric health care providers to enroll in the COVID-19 Vaccine Program.

Texas Shifts From COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation to Ordering

May 6, 2021

Sufficient supply means providers may order vaccine as needed
The Texas Department of State Health Services will no longer allocate COVID-19 vaccine to providers on a weekly basis.

DSHS Urges Providers To Order Additional COVID-19 Vaccine As Needed

May 1, 2021

Providers to receive up to 1.5 million doses next week; more available
The Texas Department of State Health Services is allocating 446,460 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to providers that requested it for next week.

Texas Lifts Pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

April 24, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services has notified vaccine providers in the state that they should resume using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Texas To Receive 1.7 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine for Next Week

April 23, 2021

More than 1.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to providers across Texas next week.

Texas Launches Next Phase in Vaccination Campaign

April 19, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services is launching the next phase of its campaign encouraging Texans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with a $1.5 million television and radio ad buy.

Texas To Receive 1.9 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine for Week of April 19

April 16, 2021

More than 1.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to providers across Texas next week.

DSHS Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

April 13, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services is asking vaccine providers in Texas to pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine following today’s recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

Texas To Receive 1.9 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine for Next Week

April 9, 2021

3 million doses given since vaccination opened to everyone 16 and older
More than 1.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to providers across Texas next week.

Texas To Receive Record 2.5 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine for Next Week

April 2, 2021

State today reports record 360,000 new doses administered
More than 2.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to providers across Texas next week.

DSHS Launches Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler

March 29, 2021

Registration available for vaccine clinics by DSHS and some other public health entities
As Texas opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone age 16 and older, the Texas DSHS is launching the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler.

Texas To Receive More Than 1 Million First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine for Next Week

March 26, 2021

State surpasses 10 million doses administered
More than 1 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to providers across Texas next week.

Texas to Open COVID-19 Vaccination to All Adults on March 29

March 23, 2021

DSHS directs providers to continue to prioritize older adults
All adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas beginning Monday, March 29.

Texas to Receive More Than 900,000 COVID-19 Vaccine First Doses for Next Week

March 19, 2021

More than 3 million people fully vaccinated
Over 900,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to providers across Texas next week.

Texas to receive more than 800,000 COVID-19 vaccine first doses for next week

March 12, 2021

5 million people vaccinated as Texas expands eligibility
More than 800,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to providers across Texas next week.

People 50 and older eligible to be vaccinated beginning March 15

March 10, 2021

Texas will continue to protect those at the greatest risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 by expanding vaccination to people 50 to 64 years of age on March 15.

Texas To Receive More Than 1 Million COVID-19 Vaccine First Doses for Next Week

March 5, 2021

Vaccine coming through state, federal allocations
More than 1 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to providers across Texas next week.

School and Child Care Personnel Now Eligible To Be Vaccinated

March 3, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services today notified all vaccine providers that they should immediately include school and child care workers in vaccine administration.

COVID-19 Vaccine Coming to Texas Continues to Increase

Feb. 26, 2021

State surpasses 5 million doses administered
The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses shipping to Texas providers continues to climb with 676,280 first doses allocated to the state by the federal government for the week of March 1.

Texas Allocated Nearly 600,000 First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine for Next Week

Feb. 19, 2021

CDC continues shipping vaccine for the current week, delayed due to weather
As Texas thaws from this week’s winter storms, COVID-19 vaccine will again be distributed across the state in larger amounts. Texas providers have been allocated 591,920 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government for the week of Feb. 22.

Health Officials Alert Public to Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Feb. 16, 2021

With power outages from this week’s winter storm affecting large portions of Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services is urging people to use extreme caution with electric generators and heat sources that produce carbon monoxide.

Texas To Receive More Than 400,000 First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine for Week of Feb. 15

Feb. 12, 2021

More than one million Texans are fully vaccinated
The state of Texas will receive 407,650 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government for the week of Feb. 15.

Texas to Receive More Than 400,000 First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Next Week

Feb. 5, 2021

The state of Texas will receive 401,750 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government for the week of Feb. 8. The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship those doses to 358 providers in 135 counties across Texas.

Texas to Receive More Than 500,000 First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Next Week

Jan. 29, 2021

The state of Texas will receive 520,425 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government for the week of Feb. 1.

Texas Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation for Week of Jan. 25

Jan. 23, 2021

The state of Texas will receive 332,750 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government next week.

Texas Resumes Wildlife Vaccine Airdrops to Combat Rabies Along Border

Jan. 18, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services takes aim at rabies when its Oral Rabies Vaccination Program resumes flights Jan. 18 from Zapata.

Texas Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation for Week of Jan. 18

Jan. 16, 2021

The state Texas will receive 333,650 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week. The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship those doses to 260 providers across Texas.

Texas Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Providers for Week of Jan. 11

Jan. 10, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 234 providers this week.

Texas Identifies Case of COVID-19 UK Variant

Jan. 7, 2021

The first known Texas case of the COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant has been identified in a resident of Harris County.

Texas to Provide COVID-19 Vaccine for Large Vaccination Hubs

Jan. 7, 2021

Next week, Texas will direct most of the COVID-19 vaccine received from the federal government to large providers who can vaccinate a total of more than 100,000 people.

More Than 325,000 First Doses Sent to Providers in Fourth Week of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, 224,250 Second Doses Sent to Complete Vaccination for First Week Recipients

Jan. 4, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 949 providers in 158 Texas counties over the next week.

Nearly 380,000 Doses Sent to Providers in Third Week of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Dec. 28, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services is instructing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship COVID-19 vaccine to more than 350 providers in 94 Texas counties over the next week.

People 65 and Older or With Certain Medical Conditions in Next Phase for COVID-19 Vaccine

Dec. 21, 2020

The state of Texas will prioritize people who are at the greatest risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19 for the next phase of vaccination.

Texas to Receive 620,000 Doses in Second Week of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Dec. 18, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services is instructing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship COVID-19 vaccine to more than 1,100 providers in 185 Texas counties over the next week.

COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in Texas

Dec. 14, 2020

The first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered in Texas. Four sites received 19,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine Monday morning.

Texas Adds Probable Cases, Antigen Test Positivity Rate to Data Dashboard

Dec. 11, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services today will update the COVID-19 data dashboard to include additional data and to simplify the layout to improve functionality.

DSHS Shares Advice for a Safe, Healthy Thanksgiving

Nov. 18, 2020

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Texas enters the holiday season at a time when COVID-19 is spreading rapidly and hospitalizations continue to rise throughout the state.

Public Health Experts at DSHS and UTHealth Collaborate on Nation’s Largest COVID-19 Serological Testing Assessment

Oct. 19, 2020

To help public health professionals and scientists better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Texas and the immune response it causes in individuals, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are partnering with the Texas Department of State Health Services to launch the Texas Coronavirus Antibody Response Survey, Texas CARES.

DSHS Provides Tips for a Safe Halloween, Día de los Muertos

Oct. 26, 2020

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising, you don’t have to abandon Halloween and Día de los Muertos activities, but you can make them safer this year.

Public Health Experts at DSHS and UTHealth Collaborate on Nation’s Largest COVID-19 Serological Testing Assessment

Oct. 19, 2020

To help public health professionals and scientists better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Texas and the immune response it causes in individuals, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are partnering with the Texas Department of State Health Services to launch the Texas Coronavirus Antibody Response Survey, Texas CARES.

Early Flu Immunization Will Help Protect Texas From COVID-19

Sept. 30, 2020

Oct. 1 is Texas Influenza Awareness Day
With cold and flu season beginning and COVID-19 still spreading in Texas, now is a perfect time to get a flu shot. The Texas Department of State Health Services encourages everyone to protect themselves, their families and their communities against respiratory illness throughout the flu season by getting immunized as soon as possible.

DSHS and TEA launch webpage with COVID-19 case data reported by Texas public schools

Sept. 17, 2020

In collaboration with the Texas Education agency, the Texas Department of State Health Services today posted on the DSHS website the statewide number of cases of COVID-19 reported by Texas public schools. 

Texas Expands and Improves Measures of COVID-19 Positivity Rate

Sept. 14, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services today will begin reporting two additional measures of the COVID-19 positivity rate, the percentage of tests that are positive in a given period.

DSHS Reminds the Public of Health Precautions Following Hurricane Laura

Aug. 27, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services is sharing health precautions as residents return to areas affected by Hurricane Laura.

Joint Statement by TEA and DSHS on Creation of COVID-19 Data System for Texas Public Schools

Aug. 20, 2020

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) in collaboration with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) today announced a new system to monitor and report confirmed COVID-19 cases in public schools across Texas.

DSHS Accepting Applications to Manufacture or Sell Consumable Hemp Products

Aug. 3, 2020

DSHS has launched the Consumable Hemp Program to regulate the manufacturing, processing, distribution and retail sale of consumable hemp products.

DSHS Will Not Report COVID-19 Data on Sunday Due to a Software Upgrade

July 31, 2020

DSHS will not post new data on the COVID-19 dashboard on Sunday, August 2 due to a scheduled upgrade to the system that processes electronic lab reports.

DSHS Improves Reporting of COVID-19 Fatalities

July 27, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services is improving the reporting of fatalities due to COVID-19 by identifying them through the cause of death listed on death certificates.

First West Nile Case of 2020 Highlights Mosquito Precautions

July 23, 2020

With the first Texas case of West Nile virus disease this year, DSHS reminds people to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and stop transmission of the potentially deadly disease.

UPDATE: Radiographic Camera Located Intact in Gillespie County

May 31, 2020

The company that reported a missing radiographic camera has located the device intact.

DSHS notifies public of missing radiographic camera in Gillespie County

May 30, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services is notifying the public of a missing radiographic camera, an industrial device that contains radioactive material. The material is sealed within multiple layers of protection, and the risk of exposure is very low.

DSHS Announces Distribution of Remdesivir to Hospitals

May 12, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services is distributing 1,200 vials of the drug remdesivir to hospitals to treat patients with COVID-19.

DSHS Accelerates COVID-19 Case Reporting

March 24, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services is updating its method of reporting COVID-19 cases in Texas. In order to provide more timely information, the DSHS daily case count now includes all cases reported publicly by local health departments around the state.

Texas Health Commissioner Declares Public Health Disaster

March 19, 2020

Calls on Texans to stay home and limit gatherings to 10 people
Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, today declared a public health disaster in Texas because COVID-19 "has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease's method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas."

Texas Confirms First Death in COVID-19 Patient

March 17, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the first death of a Texas resident who tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. The patient was a man in his 90s who was a resident of Matagorda County and had been hospitalized.

DSHS Distributes Additional Medical Supplies for COVID-19 Response

March 15, 2020

At the request of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas has received a share of personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile.

Texas Investigates Case of COVID-19 Without Travel or Known Exposure

March 11, 2020

Public health officials in Texas are investigating a case of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, in a Montgomery County resident with no out-of-state travel and no identified contact with another person with COVID-19.

MEDIA STATEMENT: Texas case of COVID-19 without international travel

March 9, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services is working with Collin County Health Care Services and other local health departments to investigate a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a Collin County resident with recent travel to California. The patient remains isolated at home under public health monitoring as additional testing is done to confirm the test result. Collin County is leading the investigation to identify close contacts of the individual and monitor and test them as appropriate.

DSHS Announces First Case of COVID-19 in Texas

March 4, 2020

Travel-related case in Fort Bend County
The Texas Department of State Health Services and Fort Bend County Health and Human Services are reporting the first positive test result for COVID-19 in Texas outside of the passengers returned under federal quarantine from Wuhan City, China or the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Rabid Cow at San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Prompts Warning

Feb. 29, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services is notifying people who visited the cattle barn at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Feb. 11-14 that they may need to be assessed for a possible rabies exposure.

Rabid Puppy at Stephenville Animal Shelter Prompts Warning

Jan. 18, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services is notifying people who visited the Erath County Humane Society Jan. 3-15 that they may need to be assessed for a possible rabies exposure.

State Health Officials Warn Consumers of Mercury in Skin Cream from Mexico

Jan. 9, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services is alerting consumers after a case of mercury poisoning was linked to a cosmetic purchased in Mexico.

Rabies Vaccine Airdrops Resume Along Border

Jan. 8, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services' successful Oral Rabies Vaccination Program gets off to a flying start today in its annual mission to protect people and animals from the deadly disease.

Last updated August 11, 2021