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As the world continues to respond to the developing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, officials in Texas are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in monitoring the outbreak as well as taking steps to protect our communities and public health. TNP is actively participating in state events dedicated to keeping state and local agencies, private sector partners, and our Members up-to-date and coordinated on the latest guidance related to the outbreak.
Throughout the pandemic, this page will connect Texas nurse practitioners (NPs) with the most up-to-date information and resources regarding COVID-19 from DSHS, the CDC, and Texas regulatory agencies.
Regulatory Updates & Waivers
Since the declaration of a statewide disaster, Governor Abbott has announced a number of regulatory waivers, emergency rules, and other policies related to COVID-19 that directly impact NPs and other providers. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) and the Texas Medical Board (TMB) are now accepting out-of-state RN/APRN licenses in good standing, permitting phone-only consults for telemedicine, and waiving the requirement for written prescriptive authority agreements for APRNs.
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DSHS is the main state website dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information about COVID-19: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/healthprof.aspx
DSHS has added a communication tools section to their website with a social media tool kit, video and printable materials that are shareable: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/tools.aspx#toolkit
DSHS Contact Information:
For questions about COVID‑19, dial 2‑1‑1, then choose Option 6.
Local Health Entities
CDC Coronavirus WebsiteSee the official CDC Coronavirus Website here.
Take care to wipe down all surfaces with products that have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use against emerging, enveloped viral pathogens. This is a critical step in keeping you and your facility protected. A list of appropriate cleaning products is being kept by the Center for Biocide Chemistries, which can be found at https://www.americanchemistry.com/novel-coronavirus-fighting-products-list.pdf
Notice Regarding Testing and Submission of Specimens for COVID-19
As of April 13, 2020, the Texas DSHS Laboratory is accepting specimens per the criteria outlined in the COVID-19 Specimen Collection and Submission Instructions found on the DSHS Laboratory website.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) created COVID-19 communication tools to help share messages with the public/patients about how to stay safe during the pandemic. Tools include videos, social media graphics and animations, plus printable posters. You also have access to minimum recommended health protocols for safe operation. Materials are available in English and Spanish.
The Texas Board of Nursing is not soliciting volunteers. RNs/APRNs wishing to volunteer may contact the following organizations below to inquire about volunteer needs.
Emergency Relief Grants from Non-profits
Texas Woman's Center for Women Entrepreneurs has launched a new AssistHer COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant to assist woman-owned businesses that have been severely impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). A total of $1,000,000 (100 grant awards at $10,000 each) is available. See more information and apply here.
Hotels for Healthcare Providers
Hotels have developed special rates for healthcare providers in case there is a need for travel or staying in a hotel near your home. For a listing of hotels offering discounts and are open, click here.