Tarrant County reports three COVID-19 deaths; testing expanded

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Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) on Friday, April. 24 reported three COVID-19 deaths.

The deceased include two men in their 60s, and a man in his 80s, all from Fort Worth. Tarrant County now has 48 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus. 282 people have recovered.

The county reported 147 new cases on Friday.

“As this virus continues to take a toll on families across our county, we must remain vigilant and look to the future,” said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja.

Denton County Public Health (DCPH) on Thursday announced 17 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County.  This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 661 confirmed COVID-19 cases.  DCPH is also announcing 56 newly recovered COVID-19 cases within the county.

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The laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 Denton State Supported Living Center (DSSLC) resident total remains 54.  The cumulative, countywide long-term care facility (LTCF) resident total has increased by one to 18.  Staff whom test positive for COVID-19 from DSSLC and over 100 LTCFs in Denton County are included within the totals for the town, city, unincorporated area, and/or county in which the staff person resides.

In Collin County, two elderly women with underlying health conditions and COVID-19 died at a  nursing home facility in McKinney over the last two days, according to Collin County Health Care Services (CCHCS).  An 85-year-old woman died Thursday evening, and a 95-year-old woman died early this morning at the same facility. Out of respect for their families, no further personal information will be released.

“Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with these ladies’ families and friends,” said Collin County Judge Chris Hill. “All of us at Collin County are saddened at the report of these COVID-19 deaths within our community.”

As of this morning, CCHCS reported 609 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Collin County residents, with 429 of those individuals reported to have recovered, and 16 hospitalized. The two deaths reported today mark the fifteenth and sixteenth deaths reported to the county of individuals with COVID-19.

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Free community COVID-19 testing sites for qualifying individuals are opening Friday in the Fort Worth area through partnerships with the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

To see more information about testing in Tarrant County: