Although there have been more than 15,500 deaths in the state due to COVID-19, cases and hospitalizations continue to trend down statewide, according to the Texas Tribune, which relies on data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Across the Lone Star State, the seven-day positive test rate for the week ending September 26 was 7.3% compared with a high of 24.5% back on August 11, as reported in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
But closer to home, several North Texas news outlets reported last week that Tarrant County had recorded more than 300 new cases for each day in the prior week. Remember to stay vigilant – you know the drill: practice social distancing, avoid crowds, wash your hands and wear a mask when you’re outside the home.
Here are the latest numbers for Tarrant and Johnson County:
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COVID-19 Testing Availability
If you think you’ve been exposed to the Coronavirus, contact your primary care physician to discuss your concerns and for advice on getting tested, and caring for yourself and loved ones. You can also schedule a test at community testing sites if you’re a resident of Tarrant County. You’ll be asked to complete this online self-screening assessment to schedule an appointment or call the Tarrant County Public Health information line at (817) 248-6299. The site lists community testing sites at locations throughout the county, and a list of FAQ. Tests are offered at no cost to the public; however, insurance information is collected when possible.
If you need additional testing options, the Texas Department of State Health Services has provided a tool to identify other COVID-19 test collection sites based on your location. These sites include community centers, such as the Burleson Recreation Center (BRiCk), as well as pharmacies and urgent care centers. Click on the link for a complete list, and note that in some cases, deductibles, co-pays or co-insurance may apply. In some locations, you may be required to have prior authorization for the test or your physician’s referral.