The Tarrant County Department of Public Health has reported the first confirmed COVID-19 related death of a Fort Worth resident, a woman, the city said in a news release. A resident of Hurst, a male, has also died, according to the TCPH.
Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said both patients had underlying health conditions but he declined to provide further details about the cases, citing HIPAA laws regarding confidentiality of health information. “We express our deepest sympathy to the families,” he said.
The Fort Worth death occurred Tuesday, March 31, in Fort Worth. The patient had recently tested positive for the virus.
“Any loss of life is tragic, but this is particularly sobering,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”
Tarrant County has now reported 288 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the latest count from the Tarrant County Public Health Department, at 12:25 p.m. on April 1.
There have now been three COVID-19 related deaths in Tarrant County and 18 people have recovered from the disease. The first death was a male patient in Arlington.
There are now 273 active cases. Ninety-four of the active cases are in Fort Worth and 48 cases are active in Arlington. Mansfield is reporting 12 cases. Colleyville is reporting seven cases. Grapevine reports 10 cases and Southlake is now reporting 11 active cases with one previous case now listed as recovered. Haltom City is reporting five cases, with one previous case now listed as recovered. Keller is reporting eight cases.
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced the fourth COVID-19 related death in Denton County. The patient, a male resident of The Colony in his 60s, was a previously reported hospitalized, locally transmitted COVID-19 case in Denton County.
“Today, we have learned of yet another death due to COVID-19 which has impacted our communities in Denton County,” Judge Andy Eads said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man’s family as well as the families of those who have also been victims of this terrible pandemic.”
DCPH has also announced 15 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the countywide total to 206 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 Denton State Supported Living Center (DSSLC) resident total has increased to 50 and the DSSLC staff total has increased to 23. One new DSSLC resident is included in today’s case count chart. One new DSSLC staff member whom tested positive, and lives within Denton County, is reflected in the city or town in which the staff member resides.