New coronavirus numbers for Tarrant County were announced Tuesday morning at the start of the Tarrant County Court of Commissioners meeting.
Public health director Vinny Taneja has reported 65 new cases, bringing the county total to 1,310. Five new deaths have been reported, including two in Arlington and three in Fort Worth, bringing the county total to 109.
He said the general trend is still on the rise and that there is not yet a steady decline in Tarrant County.
But he also tells the commissioners that if you zoom in on certain aspects of the data, there are silver liners. Reports of COVID-like illnesses have improved in the past few days and there are no explosive figures, but there is still no indication of an overall downward trend.
To date, 809 recoveries have been reported.
Taneja said the website that Tarrant County has launched to help connect residents to test resources is getting good traffic.
However, he said that the test locations in the county did not meet all of their appointments and that he wanted people to know that free tests were available to them. Whether you have insurance or not, tests for all individuals are covered by CARES law.
Commissioner Roy Brooks raised a question about extending testing to more people in the county to allow more people to go back to work with peace of mind. He said he received a call from a county employee who wanted all employees to be tested now that they are back to work.
“In the phase of trying to reopen the economy and get people back to work, there are a lot of people like me who don’t really feel comfortable without having access to a test,” he said. -he declares. “It’s time to change that dynamic and start testing people so they feel good about going back to work.”
But the director of public health has expressed concern about the possible feasibility.
Taneja said they were working on the expansion but was hesitant to open it to everyone – symptomatic or not – because it was a resource problem.
He said that at present, about 95% of people tested have a negative result.
Also on Tuesday, the commissioners discussed concerns about the cases in local jails and the possibility of testing each staff member and warden at the county jail.
* The locations on the map are approximate, the central locations of the city and are not intended to indicate where the people actually infected live.
** The counties below include the 32 counties in North Texas, not just Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant.