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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

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution – Jan. 23, 2021

The state of Texas will receive 332,750 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government next week. The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship those doses to 212 providers across Texas. That includes 82 hub providers that will focus on larger community vaccination efforts and 130 additional providers as Texas continues to vaccinate health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, people 65 and older and those with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Allocations

Texas COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

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Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) – Nov. 25, 2020

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: 33 Male (61%), 21 Female (39%)
  • Race/Ethnicity: 28 Hispanic (52%), 19 Black (35%), 4 White (7%), 1 Asian (2%), 2 Unknown (4%)
  • Onset date range (fever): 4/22/20 – 10/10/20
  • Hospital and ICU admission: 54 Hospitalized (100%), 42 ICU admission (78%)
  • Outcome: 51 Discharged (94%), 1 Died (2%), 2 Still hospitalized (4%)
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) 9
7 (Central Texas) 12
8 (South Texas) 6
Total 54 

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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. 

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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 

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Last updated January 24, 2021