FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Information Officer
Tarrant County PubliHealth
Dec. 21, 2020 (Tarrant County) - Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) today reports 265 COVID-19 deaths.
At the end of July, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) switched their methodology of reporting COVID-19 deaths to report them based on the cause of death listed on the death certificate. As Tarrant County did not immediately have access to death certificate information, death reporting in Tarrant County continued to be based upon death notification provided by healthcare providers. This change requires jurisdictional and COVID disease status verification. In November, Tarrant County began receiving vital records data from DSHS and initiated the process of reconciling it against both reported deaths and reported COVID-19 cases. Of the nearly 1000 records reviewed, 265 deaths had not been previously reported directly to Tarrant County Public Health. These deaths occurred from April through November 2020. Because of these previously unreported deaths, there is a need for TCPH to adjust the data it has reported to reflect the additional deaths that have occurred. We will reflect the information on our dashboard using the date of death as is customary in reporting out of death data.
The deceased were from:
Blue Mound: 1
Flower Mound: 1
Forrest Hill: 2
Fort Worth: 97
Grand Prairie: 1
Haltom City: 2
North Richland Hills: 9
Richland Hills: 5
Sansom Park: 3
Unincorporated Tarrant County: 2
White Settlement: 3
All but 25 had underlying health conditions.
Tarrant County now has 1,362 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus and 97,349 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, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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