News Releases

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.

Child Flu Deaths Highlight the Need for Immunization

Dec. 13, 2019

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed that six children have died in Texas of flu-related causes since the flu season started at the end of September.

Health Officials Warn of Shigellosis Outbreak in Fort Stockton

Dec. 02, 2019

DSHS is reminding people to take precautions following 27 cases of shigellosis in Fort Stockton and Pecos County. 

DSHS Reminds Texans Engaged in Outdoor Activities to Take Safety Precautions

Nov. 01, 2019

As deer hunting season begins, the Texas Department of State Health Services reminds Texans to take precautions to protect themselves from serious diseases transmitted by animals. 

Syphilis in Babies Highlights Importance of Prenatal Care and Timely Testing, Treatment

Oct. 03, 2019

New state law requires additional test during pregnancy
Texas public health officials are reminding health care professionals about a new law increasing syphilis testing during pregnancy.

DSHS Encourages Texans to Get Vaccinated Now as Flu Season Begins

Sept. 30, 2019

Tuesday is Texas Influenza Awareness Day
DSHS recommends that everyone 6 months old and older get vaccinated now to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications.

DSHS Wins National Award for Program to Increase Vaccination Rates for Emergency Responders

Sept. 26, 2019

Texas was recognized this week for its successful effort to increase immunizations among emergency responders.

Texas Awarded $3 Million to Support Review, Reduction of Maternal Deaths

Sept. 12, 2019

The Texas Department of State Health Services will receive a federal grant to support the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee and its efforts to reduce maternal deaths in Texas.

Texas Adds New Test to the Newborn Screening Panel

Sept. 5, 2019

Health officials, state leaders and patient advocates gathered at the state public health laboratory in Austin today to celebrate the addition of a new test to the health screening done for every baby born in Texas.

Media Advisory: DSHS Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Newborn Screening Test

Sept. 3, 2019

A ribbon cutting ceremony and laboratory tour to celebrate implementation of testing Texas newborns for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy, or X-ALD.

Health Department Investigates Severe Lung Disease Among E-cigarette Users

Aug. 19, 2019

The Texas Department of State Health Services is investigating suspected Texas cases of severe lung disease in people who used e-cigarettes.

Texas Reports Year's First West Nile Case

Aug. 13, 2019

Public health officials have confirmed the state's first case of illness caused by West Nile virus in 2019. 

Free Health Services Available in South Texas Next Week

July 17, 2019

Operation Lone Star, the annual emergency preparedness exercise coordinated by the Texas Department of State Health Services, returns to six South Texas sites July 22-26.

Get "Texas Ready" for Hurricanes, Other Disasters

July 8, 2019

Preparedness effort aimed at being ready before disaster strikes

DSHS Reminds Texans to Avoid Sick or Dead Wildlife

June 27, 2019

DSHS is sharing steps people can take to protect against naturally-occurring anthrax.

DSHS Hosts Presentation on Medication to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

June 20, 2019

A presentation on GetWaiveredTX, a DSHS program to expand the tools available to health care providers for opioid treatment.

Warm, Wet Weather Heightens West Nile Concern in Texas

May 23, 2019

A mild winter, even by Texas standards, means public health officials are on guard for a possible increase in West Nile virus cases this year.

Texas Reports 10 Measles Cases for 2019

March 6, 2019

The Texas Department of State Health Services is now reporting 10 measles cases in the state in 2019, one more than Texas saw all of last year.

Vaccine Airdrops to Combat Rabies Resume Along Border

Jan. 9, 2019

The successful Oral Rabies Vaccination Program resumes flights today in its annual mission to control rabies in the state.

Last updated May 30, 2020