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Instalaciones Capaces de Realizar Pruebas de COVID-19 en el Condado de Brazoria

COVID-19 Resources and Links:


Information for the General Public:

 Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families 

For current situation in Texas

Travel Notices

Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation

How COVID-19 Spreads

How to Protect Yourself & Others

Are you at higher risk for serious illness?

Coping with Stress during COVID-19

A Guide to Sleeping with Coronavirus Anxiety

Running Essential Errands

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Public Health Recommendations for People Exposed to a Person with COVID-19,other than Health Workers or other Critical Infrastructure Workers.

World Health Organization Information

Track here Global 2019 Coronavirus


Current case counts in the United States are available on the CDC website.

For more information, please see the CDC’s website here:

For more information, please see the DSHS website here:



Community, Schools, and Workplaces:

Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas

Helpful Information for schools

Worker Safety and Support

Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to COVID-19



Healthcare Systems & COVID-19:

Information for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus

FAQ for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare Facility Guidance

Printable Resources for Your Practice

EMS Guidance

EMS Transporting Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Patients


Helpful Information for Long-Term Care Facilities:

DSHS COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Line List Template

DSHS COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Staff Symptom Monitoring Log

Key Strategies to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long-term Care Facilities


Helpful Information about Personal Protective Equipment:

On April 3, 2020, in response to continued respirator shortages, the FDA issued a new Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for non-NIOSH-approved N95 respirators made in China, which makes KN95 respirators eligible for authorization if certain criteria are met, including evidence demonstrating that the respirator is authentic.

Click on the links below to be redirected to the FDA's website for more information:

N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks (Face Masks)

FAQ on respirators approved under standards used in other countries, such as KN95

FAQ for Personal Protective Equipment





COVID-19 Call Center forBrazoriaCounty Residents: 

For any questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Brazoria County Health Department’s

COVID-19 CALL CENTER (979) 864-2167

Monday - Friday: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Saturday: 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.



For Healthcare Providers ONLY

COVID-19 is an immediately reportable condition,to report suspected cases call


Monday - Friday 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

For after hours, Weekends, and Holidays:


For questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, call or email a PHEP staff member, do not use the DSHS Call Center.

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DSHSCall Center

Texas Department of State Health Services has a dedicated call center to answer your COVID-19 related questions or concerns. To find more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC or DSHS websites or call the number below.

DSHS COVID-19 Call Center: 2-1-1

Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday – Friday



Novel Coronavirus

A novel corona virus called SARS-coV-2 (formally called 2019-nCoV) has emerged out of Wuhan, China. In the following weeks since its emergence, the virus has spread to multiple countries around the world, including the United States.


Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath



There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. These every day actions can all prevent exposure to other respiratory viruses as well.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations regarding the use of cloth face coverings:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if visibly dirty.