News Updates

Current news topics:


COVID-19 (new coronavirus)

The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. DSHS updates the state level case counts on a daily basis.

Case counts can now be found on the COVID-19 case dashboard.
Accessible version (Excel) | Texas COVID-19 Data Additional Datasets
All data are provisional and subject to change.

DSHS has additional information on COVID-19 for the public, health care professionals, health departments and labs at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.

News releases on COVID-19




▲ Top


COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution – Feb. 26, 2021

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. The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship those doses to 522 providers in 199 counties. The total includes 84,240 doses for federally-supported sites in Houston and North Texas and another 52,650 unused doses returned to Texas by the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care.

Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Allocations

Texas COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Texas Vaccine Data

Vaccine Provider Locations

▲ Top


COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Wasted Report – Feb. 26, 2021

Providers are required to self-report the reason why any vaccine doses that they received were unable to be used to vaccinate a person. The number of doses reported to have been discarded in Texas is 0.07% of the doses shipped to providers.

Reasons vaccine might not be used include:

  • Storage refrigerator/freezer too warm
  • Mechanical failure of the refrigerator/freezer
  • Broken vials or syringes
  • Spoiled vaccine – vaccine that couldn’t be used within required timeframe

DSHS does outreach to providers reporting discarded doses to ensure that they follow proper storage and handling procedures and to allow them to correct any data entry errors.

A cumulative report will be posted weekly.

Texas COVID-19 Doses Wasted Report

▲ Top


Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) – Jan. 29, 2021

DSHS has confirmed 54 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. MIS-C is a rare but serious complication associated with COVID-19. The condition causes different body parts to become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. The cause of MIS-C has not been determined. However, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been around someone with COVID-19.

Parents and caregivers should contact their child's health care provider if a child shows symptoms of MIS-C. Providers should report suspected cases to their public health department.

While the cause of MIS-C has not been identified, the best way to protect your children against the condition is to take precautions to prevent anyone in your household from getting COVID-19.

MIS-C at a glance:

  • Age range: 9 months-18 years old (median: 9 years old)
  • Sex: 39 Male (62%), 24 Female (38%)
  • Race/Ethnicity: 32 Hispanic (51%), 20 Black (32%), 4 White (6%), 2 Asian (3%), 5 Unknown (8%)
  • Onset date range (fever): 4/22/20 – 1/1/21
  • Hospital and ICU admission: 63 Hospitalized (100%), 49 ICU admission (78%)
  • Outcome: 59 Discharged (94%), 1 Died (1%), 3 Unknown/Lost to Follow-Up (5%)

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
Public Health Region Number of Cases
1 (Panhandle) 1
2/3 (North Texas) 24
4/5N (East Texas) 2
6/5S (Southeast Texas) 14
7 (Central Texas) 15
8 (South Texas) 6
11 (Rio Grande Valley) 1
Total 63 

▲ Top


West Nile Virus – Dec. 9, 2020

DSHS has confirmed 63 cases and 11 deaths of West Nile illness in Texas this year.

People can be infected by West Nile virus through the bite of an infected mosquito. DSHS encourages everyone to protect themselves from bites by wearing long sleeves and pants, applying insect repellent and removing standing water.

Last year, Texas reported 32 cases of West Nile illness that resulted in four deaths.

Case counts will be updated each Tuesday through mosquito season. 

News Release
Additional Surveillance Information


West Nile Virus Cases, 2020
County West Nile Fever West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease Total
Brazos 1 1
Cameron 1 1
Collin 1 3 4
Colorado   1 1
Dallas 5 13 18
Denton   5 5
Ellis   1 1
Harris   1 1
Hidalgo   2 2
Montgomery 1 3 4
Orange   1 1
Red River   1 1
Tarrant 1 15 16
Travis 4 4
Williamson 3 3
Total 8 55  63 

▲ Top

Last updated February 26, 2021