COVID-19 continues to evolve. This page will be updated as information is made available.

Your safety and health are our top priority. UT Health Austin recommends patients stay home if they have mild-to-moderate symptoms, use home monitoring and care for COVID-19 symptoms. Please note that people with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms, similar to the common cold. Currently, there are no antiviral medications to treat Coronavirus and antibiotics are not useful for treating viral infections such as Coronavirus.

If you are experiencing new or worsening, of any of the following symptoms or, if you suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19, before going to urgent care or the ER, we recommend you call your doctor or healthcare provider’s office.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

When to Seek Medical Attention:

If you develop any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering or surgical mask before medical help arrives.

In accordance with public health guidance, we’ve made some important changes to our clinic operations to keep you and our staff safe. UT Health Austin is following the most up-to-date CDC screening guidelines for COVID-19 detection. These guidelines are subject to change and we will update this page as needed.

For in-person appointments, we are doing everything possible to keep you safe while delivering the care you urgently need. We ask that patients who are coughing or sneezing wear a mask in the Health Transformation Building as we care for patients who are vulnerable and immunocompromised. These patients are at a higher risk for COVID-19 and need continued protection.

For infectious disease control, we have always asked individuals who exhibit rash, fever, and/or have respiratory infections to mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

COVID-19 testing is available through the Walk-In Clinic.

Additional Testing Options for the Community
For COVID-19 testing information that pertains to the city of Austin. Learn more here.

Face Masks are available at UT Health Austin. To protect yourself, vulnerable patients, and our community, masking is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED at UT Health Austin, especially

  1. In shared spaces such as elevators and waiting areas
  2. For those who have symptoms of a respiratory virus (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.)

We appreciate you caring for our patients as we care for you.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a number of provisions to provide relief to the public from issues caused by the pandemic, including price transparency for COVID-19 testing. Section 3202(b) of the CARES Act requires providers of diagnostic tests for COVID-19 to post the cash price for a COVID-19 diagnostic test on their website from March 27 through the end of the public health emergency. For more information, refer to the FAQs.

*At UT Health Austin, the self-pay cost for COIVD-19 screening and testing is $80.00 plus an additional lab charge for Clinical Pathology Laboratories of $70.00.*

COVID-19 vaccinations are available through the H-E-B Pharmacy located on the 1st floor of the Health Transformation Building. To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, please call 1-512-320-9998.

You can also check the Austin Public Health website and Vaccine Finder for additional locations.

UT Health Austin performs COVID-19 testing for pre-op patients. Surgeries will proceed pending the results of COVID-19 prescreening.

For patients who are severely immunocompromised or at high risk for disease progression, hospitalization, or death, there are options in the community that your doctor may recommend.

Prevention and Treatment Options for COVID-19 (PDF)

UT Health Austin’s Post-COVID-19 Program provides a broad spectrum of care for individuals who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and continue to experience various physical, cognitive, and functional difficulties several months after initial diagnosis. Our goal is to help you recover from the lasting effects of COVID-19 through rehabilitation and other therapies designed to restore your function and quality of life.

For more information, please visit here.