FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
Jan. 15, 2021 (Tarrant County) - Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) today reports 38 COVID-19 deaths. There were 31 deaths in December and 7 from January.
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: 19
North Richland Hills: Two
All but four had underlying health conditions. Tarrant County now has 1,825 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus and 134,199 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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