Physicians Needed for DSHS’ HIV Drug Resistance Testing Project

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is looking for physicians located in Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley who specialize in Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology for a new project on HIV resistance testing in Texas. Project Conectate utilizes molecular HIV surveillance in collecting, reporting and analysis of HIV genetic sequences generated through HIV drug resistance testing to monitor clusters of HIV infections, improve access to testing and engagement in HIV medical care or Pre-Exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services.

DSHS is looking to speak with physicians about tools and solutions that can support HIV drug resistance testing for their practice. If interested or for answers to any questions, please reach out to DSHS Public Health Director Uche Odunze at Uche.Odunze@dshs.texas.gov before October 31st to schedule a short phone call.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 10/8/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 53,838*

COVID-19 related deaths: 685

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 45,715

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Thursday, October 8, 2020. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 10/6/20


COVID-19 Positive cases: 52,720*

COVID-19 related deaths: 676

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 45,231

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 10/5/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 52,366*

COVID-19 related deaths: 672

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 45,046

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Monday, October 5, 2020. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

More Emergency COVID-19 Funds Becoming Available

By David Doolittle

Originally published on the Texas Medical Association website.

The federal Health and Human Services (HHS) Department will begin accepting applications Monday for a new round of emergency funding for physicians and practices affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new funds – $20 billion – are the third phase of distribution from the Provider Relief Fund, which is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Physicians and practices that already received, rejected, or accepted Provider Relief Fund payments will be eligible to apply for additional money, HHS said.

In addition, physicians who began practicing in between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2020, will be eligible, as well as an expanded group of behavioral health specialists, the agency said.

The window to apply for funds is Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Nov. 6. HHS encourages physicians to apply as quickly as possible to “expedite [its] review process and payment calculations.”

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Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 10/1/20


COVID-19 Positive cases: 50,729*

COVID-19 related deaths: 666

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 44,149

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Thursday, October 1, 2020. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.