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Public Information Officer
Tarrant County PubliHealth
Jan. 8, 2021 (Tarrant County) - Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) today reports 127 COVID-19 deaths. There were 71 deaths in December, 39 in November, and 17 in October.
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: 81
Haltom City: One
Lake Worth: Two
North Richland Hills: Five
White Settlement: Four
All but 44 had underlying health conditions. Tarrant County now has 1,703 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus and 122,438 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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