Infectious Diseases

Driscoll Children’s Hospital is gratefully accepting donations of handmade face masks. For more information on patterns, materials and delivery of masks, please click here.


The Driscoll Children’s Hospital Emergency Department entrance is temporarily the one entry point for the front of the hospital. The entrance to the Furman Building will be open 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Sloan Building will be accessible on the second and third levels of the parking garage 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the Health Center main entrance will be accessible 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Information on COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. At this point, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy.

We continue to prepare to handle the COVID-19 by daily monitoring the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Current guidance only allows for testing of persons with travel to a country with community spread of COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, or close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The local Health Department will perform testing and will initiate quarantine to prevent further spread of the illness until results are known.

Please contact the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) if you have any questions or would like more information:

DSHS COVID-19 Call Center: 1-877-570-9779
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

For local assistance, see the listing of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Local Health Entities.