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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price shares good news re: her COVID-19 test

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price shares good news re: her COVID-19 test

Mayor Betsy Price
Mayor Betsy Price from her home office. YouTube

UPDATE 4-21-2020: Mayor Price revealed in a Facebook video that she had tested negative for COVID-19.

"An individual I've been in close contact with tested positive," she said. "I want to reiterate that I have not had symptoms. I was tested at the recommendation of our public health director, and this evening my test results came back negative."

While she is not identifying the source, it was clear from her comments that the individual was a coworker. "I did find out that another staff member I had been in close contact with tested positive," she said.

She also called for an increase in testing, and expressed gratitude to Walgreens, which will launch a new rapid drive-through testing option on April 24. "I was pleased to hear that the National Guard will be helping with testing, and that includes Fort Worth," she said. "If you all heard the governor today, and every elected official, is calling for more testing. Testing is the key to begin to clear this virus."

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is on a self-quarantine, following an encounter with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Price disclosed her status in a video made from her home on April 20. She does not have symptoms and said she will be tested on April 21.

"You can tell that I'm at home tonight, and I'll tell you why in a minute," she began, before listing the current statistics on cases in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

"As I said I'm live from my house today," she said. "You all know I'm always very open and transparent with you. So today I want you to know why I'm here and what I'm doing."

"I was notified through tracing today that an individual I have been in close contact with has tested positive for COVID-19," she said.

"While I’m asymptomatic, no symptoms at all, at the recommendation of our public health director and Dr. Keith Argenbright and, out of an abundance of caution, I am getting tested tomorrow morning," she said.

"Today, I started tracking my symptoms, that means recording my temperature and recording how I feel twice a day, just as did my husband," she said. "We are both isolating at home and fortunately, we haven’t been very many places. Our footprint is very small."

She said she would not identify the person with whom she came into contact.

"I will not be releasing details of who I was close by but I am confident that the surroundings we were in were practicing the right practices," she said. "We had our temperature taken as we came and went. We were wearing masks, washing hands, practicing social distancing, and disinfecting the surfaces."

"Fortunately, a whole lot of my work over the past four weeks has been done at home," she said. "But I'll continue to provide you with daily updates, and I'll let you know what my tests show tomorrow evening or the next day. I think the message is, stay home continue doing what you've been doing, and be vigilant."

As of April 20, Tarrant County has 1,249 cases, 39 fatalities and 208 recoveries. Fort Worth has 503 positive cases, 22 deaths, and 9 recoveries.