High Consequence Infectious Diseases

HCID News and Statistics

Novel Coronavirus


Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

CDC is closely monitoring this situation and is working with the World Health Organization (WHO). For more information on this current outbreak, please visit the following:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Information for Healthcare Professionals

Ebola Statistics: Congo

As of November 25, 2018
  • Confirmed Cases: 379
  • Deaths: 245
As of December  25, 2018
  • Confirmed Cases: 535
  • Deaths: 356
As of January 16, 2019
  • Confirmed Cases: 619
  • Deaths: 410
As of February 25, 2019
  • Confirmed Cases: 810
  • Deaths: 551
As of March 22, 2019
  • Confirmed Cases: 1,216
  • Deaths: 610
As of April 25, 2019
  • Confirmed Cases: 1,307
  • Deaths: 890
As of May 29, 2019
  • Confirmed Cases: 1,860
  • Deaths: 1,312
As of August 4, 2019
  • Confirmed Cases: 2,763
  • Deaths: 1,843
As of January 3, 2020
  • Confirmed Cases: 3,385
  • Deaths: 2,232


In response to the October 2014 Dallas Ebola crisis, NCTTRAC and the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) applied for and received the Ebola Preparedness and Response Program (EPRP) contract. The program was to assist the North Central Texas Healthcare Coalition (HCC) with filling the gaps in pre-hospital and hospital readiness to respond to critical infectious disease incidents. The HPP has expanded its focus to include all High Consequence Infectious Diseases (HCID) and to decrease the risk of infections by ensuring organizations are better equipped, educated, and prepared to handle all HCID events in the 19 county TSA-E region. There are four primary entry points into the healthcare system for an HCID patient. The four methods are:

  • Self-presentation to a hospital
  • Self- presentation to a private provider or non-hospital clinic
  • 9-1-1 call for pre-hospital support
  • Public Health request


In the event that your staff feels that a patient may have a serious infection that could potentially cause harm to others, they should immediately isolate the patient and contact their local public health department. In the TSA-E region, there are six county health departments.

  • Collin County
  • Dallas County
  • Denton County
  • Grayson County
  • Tarrant County
  • DSHS HSR 2/3*

*DSHS Health Service Region 2/3 is your health department resource if your county does not have one.

Our RETA Partners


Maurice Murray, MPH
Emergency Medical Task Force Coordinator
North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council
600 Six Flags Drive, Suite 160
Arlington, Texas 76011
Phone: 817.607.7024
Fax: 817.608.0399