Tarrant County Public Health Confirms Two More COVID-19 Deaths
By Tarrant County Public Health
Posted on April 05, 2020, April 05, 2020

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Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) today confirmed that a resident of the Heartis Arlington assisted living and memory care home who tested positive for COVID-19 has died. The decedent was an elderly adult female and had been hospitalized since becoming ill.

Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said the department began an investigation at Heartis Arlington after being notified of the positive test in late March. Tarrant County Health Authority Dr. Catherine A. Colquitt visited Heartis with the City of Arlington’s local health authority Dr. Cynthia A. Simmons, to jointly assess the situation and take necessary control measures to prevent the spread of infection.

“Some residents were isolated, preventive and infection control measures were taken and we identified groups of people that needed to be tested, which included most of the residents and staff,” Taneja said. When testing was completed, a total of 12 positive cases were identified, including 11 residents and one staff member. Those that tested positive are self-quarantined at the facility and are being monitored by Public Health.

TCPH also confirmed that an elderly adult male from Fort Worth with underlying health conditions has also died in a local hospital. Public Health staff believe both patients contracted the virus through community transmission.

Tarrant County now has a total of 11 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 causes respiratory illness with cough, fever, and shortness of breath, and may lead to bronchitis and severe pneumonia. “We urge residents of Tarrant County to be vigilant, and continue to practice these basic preventive measures to protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses,” Taneja said.

These include:

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Practice social distancing by staying six feet away from others when you do go out; avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If you experience difficulty breathing or persistent fever, call your primary care provider.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces.

For more information go to coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com or call the Tarrant County Public Health information line, 817-248-6299, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.