Man who died at Arlington hospital tests positive for Coronavirus

The Tarrant County Public Health has released an official report on the first Coronavirus death to be reported in North Texas, and only the second to be reported statewide.

A senior adult male died on Sunday, March 15th, at an Arlington hospital after contracting an illness. He has since tested positive to have had the Coronavirus.

The man was a resident at the Texas Masonic Retirement Center in Arlington.

“Tarrant County is investigating for the possible source of the infection and determining who the patient may have come into contact with while he was ill, so that any close contracts can be appropriately isolated, monitored for symptoms and tested as needed,” says the official release.

The City of Arlington’s Public Health Authority is working closely with Tarrant County as well as state and federal health authorities to monitor and respond to this evolving situation.

6 people in Tarrant County have tested positive for the Coronavirus. 64 total cases have been reported statewide.

Officials recommend these important safety measures:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your face
Stay home when sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask
Wash your hands often using soap for at least 20 seconds
Consult with CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories