Dallas County Public Health Committee Guidance for Halloween and Related Activities
Given the current risk level of ORANGE for COVID-19 and the moderate risk of transmission in Dallas County, we DO NOT recommend routine and traditional Halloween activities. This is particularly important if you are at high-risk for complications of COVID-19. Should the risk level move to the RED Phase (High Community Risk for COVID-19 Transmission), individuals should follow the principles of stay home, stay safe and further limit activities. Should the risk level move to the YELLOW Phase (Low Community Risk for COVID-19 Transmission), individuals can reference the Updated Dallas County COVID-19 Health Guidance for the Public, September 2020
for limits on social gatherings and other applicable guidance for restaurants, movie theatres, etc.
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
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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