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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Richard Hill
    Senior Public Information Officer
    Tarrant County Public Health
    817-321-5306 direct
    817-401-5967 cell
    rwhill2@tarrantcounty.com

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    Two more positive COVID-19 cases now identified in Tarrant County

    March 18, 2020 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) today declared two more positive cases of COVID-19. One of the cases had traveled out of state; travel history of the other case is still pending.

    “Both of these cases have been isolated at home after developing symptoms,” said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja. “Because of HIPAA laws regarding the confidentiality of health information, we are not allowed to provide any specific details about this patient.”

    COVID-19 causes respiratory illness with cough, fever, and shortness of breath, and may lead to bronchitis and severe pneumonia. The United States now has over 7,000 reported cases of COVID-19.

    Tarrant County Public Health reminds everyone to continue to follow basic preventive measures to protect from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. These include:

    • 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.

    COVID-19 has now spread to more than 100 countries.

    For more information visit coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com or call the Tarrant County Public Health information line at 817-248-6299 during business hours.



    News release date: March 18, 2020

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