UPDATE: On March 11, Tarrant County Public Health Department identified the patient as the Rev. Dr. Robert Pace, the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Dr. S., across from the TCU campus. The church has posted information about the patient, the timeline of events, cancellations, and precautionary measures on its website.
The first positive case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Tarrant County. According to a release from the city of Fort Worth, the patient traveled to a conference in Kentucky at the end of February.
Tarrant County health officials did not reveal the patient's identity.
"Because of the sensitive nature of this information, we are not allowed to provide specific information about the patient," said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja in a statement.
Investigators are interviewing household and direct contacts. They've identified places where the patient has been and are reaching out to people who may have been exposed.
This is the fifth case in the DFW area. Dallas County confirmed its first presumptive positive case of coronavirus on March 10. Three cases have been confirmed in Collin County.
Every story about coronavirus must end with advice on preventing infection and further spread, and those are to observe the precautions you might take to avoid the flu.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you get sick.
- If you cough or sneeze, cover it with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
For most, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, but for older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause complications such as pneumonia.