From the Director

The challenges of 2020 changed us, but they did not stop us. A look at how PATC adapted during unprecedented times.

By Kathryn Narumiya, PATC Program Director

Happy New Year!

One year ago, few would have thought that in just weeks, our places of business, worship, and pleasure would be severely limited or closed. Fewer still could have predicted the profound effect this would have on patient access to medical care.

Project Access Tarrant County was similarly affected. Sometimes we wondered how the program would continue. But, true to PATC tradition, we evaluated, collaborated, and devised a plan that fits our current reality.

Instead of attending in-person intake sessions with PATC staff, patients now complete the process virtually. Instead of delivering documents to the office, patients fax or mail them. And while some of our patients have had to be creative in how they access the necessary technology (who hasn’t?), every one of them has been able to make it work.  

Reflecting on 2020, we are amazed at how much we were able to accomplish given the shutdowns and hospital limitations. PATC coordinated 382 medical appointments for 105 patients, including 20 surgeries and other hospital procedures during a period when access for even paying patients was severely limited.

We are always grateful for our volunteers and partners, but this year, we are especially thankful for our generous volunteers who continued to see patients and provide charity care during a time of uncertainty.

As I write this, hospitals are reaching capacity (again) and are postponing and canceling surgeries and procedures. As a result, PATC has several patients whose cases are on hold indefinitely. But this time, we know how to proceed. We have a plan and we will continue to take each day and each moment one step at a time until we reach the other side.  

North Texas Physicians to Host Facebook Live: Understanding the Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines

Tune in tonight at 7:00pm on the North Texas Medical Society Coalition Facebook Page for another great live discussion with your community physicians. This week, Dr. Mark Casanova (Dallas County Medical Society) and Dr. Bryan Johnson (Collin-Fannin County Medical Society) will host Dr. Gregorio Gomez from the University of Houston College of Medicine for a conversation on the science behind the COVID-19 vaccines.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 01/13/21


COVID-19 Positive cases: 183,080

COVID-19 related deaths: 1777

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 130,469

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

*These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

Tarrant County Opens Vaccine Mega Site, Hopes to Vaccinate Thousands a Day

A new COVID-19 vaccination site was opened in Tarrant County on Tuesday. This new locations, which is hosted at the Hurst Conference Center, has the goal of immunizing 2000 individuals per day. At of yesterday, 23,000 individuals have received their initial COVID-19 vaccination through Tarrant County Public Health.

For more information about the site or to find out if you qualify to register for the vaccine, you can read the Star-Telegram’s article on the topic here.

COVID-19 Therapeutic Infusion Centers In Fort Worth, Irving

Governor Greg Abbott announced Saturday that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has established two new COVID-19 therapeutic infusion centers in Fort Worth and Irving. The infusion centers began accepting patients on January 11 and have been provided with Regeneron’s monoclonal antibodies and bamlanivimab to treat outpatient cases of COVID-19 who meet certain criteria and who have a referral from a hospital or doctor. You can find the referral form here

The infusion centers have been established through a partnership with TDEM and the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council.  

“Increasing access to COVID-19 therapeutic treatments is a proven strategy to reduce hospitalizations and save lives,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank our partners from the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council for working with the State of Texas to establish these infusion centers. Together, we will continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe.”  

These two new infusion centers are the latest to be launched by the State of Texas. Previous centers have been established in El PasoLaredoHarlingen, and Austin to help communities combat COVID-19 and reduce hospitalizations. 

If your hospital is having difficulty administering COVID-19 therapeutics due to staffing or space restrictions, please contact the NCTTRAC EMCC at NCTTRAC_EMCC@ncttrac.org to discuss sharing your supply of Bamlanivimab or Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatments with the Regional Infusion Centers.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 01/06/21

COVID-19 Positive cases: 165,288

COVID-19 related deaths: 1561

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 118,933

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

*These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

TCMS Physician COVID-19 Vaccine Event

Join us on Friday for our TCMS Physician COVID-19 Vaccine Event. In partnership with Tom Thumb/Albertson, we will be providing Moderna vaccines for TCMS members and their clinical staff who participate in direct patient care.

Members, if you did not receive the email or need additional information, contact Melody Briggs at mbriggs@tcms.org.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 01/04/21


COVID-19 Positive cases: 159,931

COVID-19 related deaths: 1542

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 116,035

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Monday, January 4, 2021. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

*These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Physicians and Staff

The North Texas Medical Society Coalition, comprised of the medical societies of Dallas, Denton, Collin-Fannin, Grayson, and Tarrant counties, is pleased to announce that initial appointments are now available for physicians and their staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This program is a collaboration between the North Texas Medical Society Coalition and Kroger Health, Tom Thumb/Albertsons, Brookshire’s, and Brookshire Brothers pharmacies of North Texas.

Any North Texas physician or office staff member who is otherwise unable to obtain the vaccine may utilize this program.

If you qualify but did not receive the email, you can contact Allison Howard at ahoward@tcms.org.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 12/29/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 145,279

COVID-19 related deaths: 1448

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 106,644*

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

*These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.