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DSHS Responding to COVID-19 Outbreak
DSHS is responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China. For prevention tips, symptoms, traveler information, and healthcare provider resources, see our COVID-19 website.
We’re counting on you.
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau mails survey packets to homes in the U.S. Answering the survey provides an accurate count of residents. Local governments use survey results to determine how much funding communities receive for key services, such as public health, public safety and emergency preparedness. Please do your part and respond to the survey.
U.S. Census 2020
Vital Statistics Office Closure
Due to public health concerns with COVID‑19, the DSHS Austin Lobby for Vital Statistics walk-in orders will be closed, starting March 17, 2020 at 12 noon, until further notice. This is a precautionary measure to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit
Texas.gov for new orders of birth, death, marriage, or divorce records to order online. For submitting orders by mail, please visit
Requirements for Requesting/Changing Vital Records page. You can reach DSHS Vital Statistics at 1-888-963-7111. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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