The following advice from the public health community is offered to keep you and your family safe from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic during the upcoming holiday season. Following this advice will help us avoid more empty seats at our holiday tables in 2021. Please don’t let COVID be your uninvited guest this holiday season.
Click here to view the public advice: English Version / Spanish Version
Because it is likely that COVID-19 vaccine will not be supplied all at once, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is in the process of Mass Vaccination Planning to follow guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The resulting plan will establish regional and local priority groups to guide the sequence of vaccination groups. Read the full letter here.
National Academy of Medicine, Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine
Texas Department of State Health Services, COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan slides
COVID-19 Research Study Participants Needed
If you have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, you may be eligible for a research study. Baylor University Medical Center, partnered with the Montreal Heart Institute, is investigating whether short-term treatment with a medicine called colchicine can prevent hospitalization, need for a ventilator, and death related to COVID-19. The idea tested is to start colchicine early in the disease process, when you are feeling relatively ok, to prevent the development of severe symptoms. View details.
PRACTICE VIABILITY TOOLKIT
TMA created the Practice Viability Toolkit which collates much of the information, resources, and links physicians need to make informed decisions about their practice’s viability during this pandemic.
*Please note that the information relating to COVID-19 contained in this publication was believed to be current at the time of publication; however, circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are continually evolving and the information provided herein is subject to change at any time. Contact the TMA Knowledge Center or view the appropriate agency’s website for the most up-to-date information. Refer to TMA’s COVID-19 Practice Viability web page for additional tools, resources, and frequently asked questions regarding operational challenges that affect your practice’s viability.
Visit TMA's COVID-19 Resource Center for medical and legal resources for your practice. Be sure that you are receiving the Texas Medicine Today daily newsletter. For the next several weeks at least, the newsletter will contain ONLY stories related to the coronavirus pandemic. As a DCMS and TMA member, you can LOGIN to update your email preferences or email email@example.com to request these.
Emergency Child Care for COVID-19 Frontline Essential Workers: In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the State of Texas has developed a tool to help essential workers and employer’s emergency child care options for their children and their employees’ families. View full details.
The YMCA is currently operating at 7 locations across the Metroplex providing free childcare to healthcare professionals. The cost is FREE to Dallas families, with proof of essential worker status, thanks to the generosity of Chase Oaks Churches across the Metroplex. View details here.
The Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line is a free helpline offering guidance, information, resources, and support for mental health and substance use issues. If you’re seeking resources for yourself or for a patient, client, student, family member, or friend, call 972-525-8181.
See this flyer for more details. Access a searchable database of mental health providers on their website at HereForTexas.com.
COVID-19 and Your Mental Health Infographic - source Mental Health America
VOLUNTEER: If you are a medical professional interested in volunteering during this health crisis, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will be in contact with you shortly. Thank you for your response and for your patience as we navigate this together!
Message from TMLT CEO
As the CEO of Texas Medical Liability Trust, it has been my greatest honor to serve and protect the physicians of Texas and beyond. And now, at perhaps the medical community’s greatest hour of need in a generation, I pledge my full support and the personal support of TMLT’s employees to provide service and assistance in any way we can. Read more.
NBC5 and Dallas Morning News hosted a panel of medical experts to answer your questions about coronavirus. These panelists included DCMS members and current president, Mark Casanova, MD, past president John Carlo, MD, and Collin County member Bryan Johnson, MD. Panelists updated North Texans on the pandemic and addressed viewers’ concerns. View this video.
Don’t Panic, But Be Prepared: DCMS President, Mark A. Casanova, MD, FAAHPM
The head of the Dallas County Medical Society tells NBC 5 there’s no need to panic, but make sure you are prepared and know what to do if you suspect you may have the coronavirus,
visit their website.
NTMSC HIGHLIGHTS CRITICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COVID-19 TESTS
Dallas, June 11, 2020 -
There is an abundance of information available about the different COVID-19 tests that are on the market. The pandemic has led to rapid developments that while helpful, can produce confusion. The North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC) wants to highlight the critical differences between COVID-19 tests and explain how they are an important part of protecting North Texas communities. View full press release
NORTH TEXAS PHYSICIANS ENCOURAGE PHYSICIAN ADVISORS AND THREE STEP SELF-ASSESSMENT FOR LARGE GATHERINGS
Dallas, June 4, 2020 -
The North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC) is encouraging individuals participating in large events such as religious services, graduation celebrations, and civic protests, to use a self-assessment process to reduce their COVID-19 risk. They are also calling on leaders in the community to mitigate risks as much as possible by seeking advice of local physicians on the best practices for supporting individual wellbeing and ensuring these important activities can continue. View full press release
NORTH TEXAS PHYSICIANS ENCOURAGE FULL 14-DAY QUARANTINE FOR THOSE SICK OR EXPOSED TO COVID-19
Dallas, May 29, 2020 -
The North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC) is encouraging those who are sick or exposed to COVID-19 to complete a full 14 days in quarantine to avoid a resurgence of the virus in North Texas. View full press release
NORTH TEXAS PHYSICIANS URGE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AS A PART OF YOUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Dallas, May 21, 2020 -
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, the North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC) encourages residents and businesses to continue practicing safe physical distancing. As people gather to celebrate with friends and family, or take in North Texas' recreational activities, it is critical to continue preventive steps to avoid spreading COVID-19. There is still no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. View full press release
NORTH TEXAS DOCTORS CALL FOR CONTINUED PHYSICAL DISTANCING MEASURES AS RURAL COUNTIES SEE COVID-19 SURGE
Large Counties Continue to Struggle, Doctors: "We just want to save lives"
Dallas, May 13, 2020 -
The North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC) is calling for additional measures as statistics show a surge of COVID-19 cases in smaller counties. Large counties, such as Dallas and Tarrant, are continuing to struggle with high numbers of COVID-19 patients, but their cases have been effectively managed through existing hospital systems. As the number of cases have increased, the growth has spread into smaller surrounding counties--areas that do not have the support of multiple hospital systems. View full press release
NORTH TEXAS MEDICAL SOCIETIES LAUNCH COALITION TO HELP FIGHT COVID-19
Dallas-Fort Worth, May 6, 2020 -
The Collin-Fannin, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, and Tarrant Medical Societies have partnered to form the North Texas Medical Society Coalition (NTMSC), one of the largest physician-led COVID-19 alliances in the southern United States. With over 11,500 members, the NTMSC will collectively advise and inform North Texas communities with scientifically based information. View full press release
CDC Recommendations for Home Care
Interim Guidance for Discontinuation of In-Home Isolation
Person Under Investigation (PUI) Assessment and Infection Control
for Patients with COVID-19 (CDC 2/16/2020)
Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019
(COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities (CDC 2/14/2020)
Interim Guidance for Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization
for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (CDC 2/12/2020)
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