FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
February 19, 2021 - (Tarrant County) - Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) today reports 42 COVID-19 deaths. There was one death in December, and 27 in January and 14 in February.
TCPH receives notifications of people with COVID-19 from clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, laboratories, schools, the medical examiner, the state health and other local health departments. TCPH also receives reports of deaths of people who have COVID-19 from the same sources. However, a death may occur in a different place and weeks after original diagnosis. When this occurs the death may not get reported to the local health department. To address this problem, The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has begun sharing with local health departments the death certificate information where the cause or other conditions listed indicate COVID-19. TCPH is now using that data to find additional deaths of Tarrant County residents. Each week, data received from DSHS is compiled and reconciled against previously known deaths and where the person lived. This data is reported each Friday. As a result, the number of deaths reported out are expected to be greater on Friday.
The deceased were from:
Fort Worth: 18
Haltom City: Two
North Richland Hills: Two
Sansom Park: One
White Settlement: Two
All had underlying health conditions. Tarrant County now has 2,731 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus and 206,357 people have recovered.
COVID-19 causes respiratory illness with cough, fever and shortness of breath and may lead to bronchitis and severe pneumonia. For more information go to coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com or call the Tarrant County Public Health information line, 817-248-6299, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
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