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Tarrant County’s First Positive Human Case of West Nile Virus in 2022 Season Confirmed

Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) confirms the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) for the 2022 season. The first positive mosquito pool was reported in May 2022.

The individual involved resides in northwest Tarrant County. The person presented the mild form of the disease which is often referred to as WNV fever. Symptoms include headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea, and fatigue. People typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. It was reported that the individual had outdoor activities within the incubation period. There have been no WNV-positive mosquito pools in the associated area. Additional details are not being released to protect the identity of the patient.

To date, TCPH has found a total of 7 WNV-positive mosquito pools within Tarrant County. Monitoring for the virus in mosquito pools is ongoing throughout the season (April through mid-November). Local cities and Tarrant County for unincorporated areas may perform mosquito treatment as needed.

TCPH reminds residents to take measures to safeguard against the WNV. Residents should dump standing water on their property, use repellent, and whenever possible, dress in long pants and long sleeves.

MORE ABOUT MOSQUITOES:

  • Mosquitoes need water to breed. They don’t lay their eggs in the air or on the ground, so dump ALL standing water.
  • Infected mosquitoes transmit WNV to people after feeding on infected birds.
  • Birds don’t transmit WNV to people. Mosquitos do.
  • Larvicides are products used to eliminate mosquitoes before they become adults.
  • Apply larvicides directly to water sources that hold mosquito larvae.

For more information about West Nile Virus visit the Be Mosquito Free webpage.

Tarrant County Public Health Back-to-School Immunization Clinics

Tarrant County Public Health Back-to-School Immunization clinics kick off on August 1, 2022.  The clinics will be offering all recommended immunizations.

If available, parents and individuals should bring their vaccination records. The cost of vaccines for children 0-18 years of age is $8 per shot and Adult Safety Net vaccines for those 19 years and older with no insurance is $15 per shot. Only cash, check, CHIP, or Medicaid will be accepted. Families with private insurance should contact their primary physician to obtain their immunizations.

During the Back-to-School Immunization clinics, COVID-19 vaccines at our brick-and-mortar locations and our weekly pop-up vaccine clinics are postponed to focus on ensuring students receive their immunizations before taking on a new school year. COVID-19 vaccines will be available at no charge at the Back-to-School clinics for persons aged 6 months and older who are interested in receiving them. Our six TCPH brick-and-mortar clinics will resume all vaccine operations on August 29, 2022, and pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics will resume in September.

Please see the Back-to-School Immunization clinic locations below:

Arlington Athletic Center  
August 1-13
M-F: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

1001 E. Division St.
Arlington, TX 76011

Ridgmar Mall – Food Court Entrance  
August 15-27
M-F: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

1888 Green Oaks Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76116

Diamond Hill Jarvis High School   
August 1 – 6

Monday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
T-F: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

1411 Maydell  
Fort Worth, TX 76106

Brookside Convention Center   
August 8 – 13

Monday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
T-F: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

1244 Brookside Dr.   
Hurst, TX 76053

First Methodist Mansfield   
August 15 – 20

Monday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
T-F: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

777 N. Walnut Creek Dr.    
Mansfield, TX 76105

Rising Star Baptist Church    
August 22 – 27

Monday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
T-F: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

4216 Ave. M    
Fort Worth, TX 76105

Additional information on the Back-to-School Immunization Clinics can be found on our website or by calling the Tarrant County Public Health information line, 817-248-6299, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This Week’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Tarrant County

Tarrant County Public Health hosts numerous pop-up COVID-19 clinics across Tarrant County each week in partnership with public and private organizations listed below. Each site has the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and at times the Johnson & Johnson. Infants 6 months and older are eligible for the vaccination. Parents need to bring proof of the child’s age and their own ID for the vaccination. Booster vaccinations are available at all of the vaccination locations.

  
TCPH would like to bring a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to businesses, churches and organizations in the community who are interested in hosting a pop-up clinic. It’s easy and free to host a clinic.
 
In addition to the vaccination opportunities below, the cities of Arlington, Fort Worth, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Hurst, and Tarrant County College have also added opportunities for vaccinations. To find a local vaccine site, the County created a vaccine finder page: VaxUpTC website.

Pop-Up COVID-19 locations:

Greater Saint Stephen First Church  
Monday, July 18: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
3728 E. Berry St.
Fort Worth, TX 76105

The Connect
Community Crossroads
Tuesday, July 19: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1516 Hemphill St.  
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Tarrant County Public Health CIinics:

Northwest Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
3800 Adam Grubb Road
Lake Worth, TX 76135

Bagsby-Williams Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
3212 Miller Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76119

Southeast Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
536 W Randol Mill
Arlington TX, 76011

Main Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
1101 S. Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Southwest Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
6551 Granbury Road
Fort Worth, TX 76133

Watauga Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
6601 Watauga Road
Watauga, TX 76148

The Vaxmobile is a partnership between Tarrant County Public Health and Trinity Metro to bring COVID-19 vaccines to underserved communities throughout Tarrant County. The 60-foot bus converted to a fully equipped mobile vaccine clinic, will make weekly stops in the areas with the lowest vaccination rates on Thursdays. Vaccinations are also available at the six Tarrant County Public Health clinics listed above every day of the week.

For more information go to coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com or call the Tarrant County Public Health Call Center, 817-248-6299, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Join Walk with a Doc on July 9th

Join our local chapter of Walk with a Doc this Saturday for a fun morning walking, talking about health, and meeting people in our community.

Here is what you need to know about the event:

• It will take place on July 9th, 2022
• The hour-long event will begin at 8:30am
• Walkers will start at LVTRise – 8201 Calmont Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76116

For more information, call Kate Russell, OMS-II, at 903-316-9392, or email her at KatherineRussell@my.unthsc.edu.

TMA Statement in Response to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Roe vs. Wade

As the Texas Medical Association digests and analyzes the full impact for Texas of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade, President Gary W. Floyd, MD, issued the following statement today in response to the ruling.

“TMA remains committed to protecting the privacy and sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. TMA is unwavering in its stance against intrusions by government or other third parties that impede the patient-physician relationship, and any criminalization of acceptable and appropriate medical practices that may jeopardize that relationship or patients’ safety.

“Especially in high-risk situations, patients need to know their physicians will be there to care for them, and TMA will continue to work with state lawmakers to ensure a safe practice environment for physicians and their patients.”

Tarrant County Medical Leaders Host Inaugural Texas Street Medicine Symposium, Make Bid for 2023 International Street Medicine Symposium

On May 6-7, 2022, healthcare and service professionals, from physicians to social workers, met for the inaugural Texas Street Medicine Symposium at the Tarrant County Medical Society. The event was a success, and now, Fort Worth is making a bid to host the 2023 International Street Medicine Symposium.

Street medicine is centered around bringing comprehensive medical care to people who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness. The symposium, which had representatives from Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio, was an opportunity for street medicine teams and affiliate organizations to share ideas and opportunities.

“The practice of Street Medicine is often tied closely with state and local policies,” says Joel Hunt, PA. Hunt, who was one of the Symposium’s lead organizers, is the director of Acclaim Physician Group’s Street Medicine program. “Texas has a large, diverse population, and many Street Medicine teams spread across the state. Our goal was to give these teams a space to meet and share their experiences in hopes that best practices could be applied statewide.”

The meeting, which had around 70 attendees, was a collaborative effort between JPS Foundation, Acclaim Physician Group, Integrative Emergency Services, and TCMS. Street Medicine International founder Jim Withers, MD, spoke at the event, and a range of topics and resources were covered to empower those who interact with the homeless community, from opioid abuse treatments to housing access.

The event was well received, and participants left informed and challenged, but Hunt isn’t resting on his laurels – he is preparing to send in an application to host the 2023 International Street Medicine Symposium in Fort Worth. If his bid is accepted, the symposium, which will take place next fall, would bring hundreds of healthcare and social workers to Fort Worth for its duration. Hunt will need to turn the application in to the Street Medicine Institute by June 24, 2022.

“We hope to leverage our success with hosting this conference to put forth a strong application,” says Hunter Scarborough, MD, Hunt’s co-organizer for the Texas Symposium and an emergency medicine physician at JPS Health Network. “Fort Worth has the advantages of an easily accessible airport, big city amenities, and a local government supportive of health care and housing measures for persons experiencing homelessness.” 

Hunt believes this event would energize and inform Tarrant County’s current street medicine initiatives.

“Showcasing the great work this community is doing would be fantastic,” he says.  “Bringing in international experts to share their knowledge, wisdom, and experiences would allow us to in turn apply them to continue to improve our community.”

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for the Week of June 25

Tarrant County Public Health hosts numerous pop-up COVID-19 clinics across Tarrant County each week in partnership with public and private organizations listed below. Each site has the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and at times the Johnson & Johnson. Children five and older are eligible for the vaccination. Parents need to bring proof of the child’s age and their own ID for the vaccination. Booster vaccinations are available at all of the vaccination locations.

  
TCPH would like to bring a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to businesses, churches and organizations in the community who are interested in hosting a pop-up clinic. It’s easy and free to host a clinic.
 
In addition to the vaccination opportunities below, the cities of Arlington, Fort Worth, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Hurst, and Tarrant County College have also added opportunities for vaccinations. To find a local vaccine site, the County created a vaccine finder page: VaxUpTC website.

Pop-Up COVID-19 locations:

Everman Public Library
Saturday, June 25: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
100 North Race St.
Everman, TX 76140

Austin Company-Health Expo
Saturday, June 25: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2029 North Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76164

Greater Saint Stephen First Church
Monday, June 27: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
3728 East Berry St.
Fort Worth, TX 76105

Vaxmobile – Saint John Cathedral  
Thursday, June 30: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2501 East Berry St.
Fort Worth, TX 76105

Worth Heights Community Center
Thursday, June 30: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
3551 New York Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76110

Lamar High School    
Friday, July 1: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1400 W. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76012

Tarrant County Public Health CIinics:

Northwest Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
3800 Adam Grubb Road
Lake Worth, TX 76135

Bagsby-Williams Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
3212 Miller Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76119

Southeast Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 6 p.m.
536 W Randol Mill
Arlington TX, 76011

Main Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 6 p.m.
1101 S. Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Southwest Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
6551 Granbury Road
Fort Worth, TX 76133

Watauga Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
6601 Watauga Road
Watauga, TX 76148

The Vaxmobile is a partnership between Tarrant County Public Health and Trinity Metro to bring COVID-19 vaccines to underserved communities throughout Tarrant County. The 60-foot bus converted to a fully equipped mobile vaccine clinic, will make weekly stops in the areas with the lowest vaccination rates on Thursdays. Vaccinations are also available at the six Tarrant County Public Health clinics listed above every day of the week.

For more information go to coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com or call the Tarrant County Public Health information line, 817-248-6299, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tarrant County to begin administering COVID-19 vaccine to infants and toddlers

Tarrant County Public Health will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children six months to five years of age at all TCPH clinics, public pop-up clinics, and the Vaxmobile starting on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available to protect this age group. Infants six months through four years of age receiving the Pfizer vaccine series will need to get two doses, three weeks apart, and a third at least two months later. The dosage of Pfizer for infants is one-tenth of the dosage for adults. The Moderna vaccine series for infants six months through five years of age will consist of two doses, four to eight weeks apart, and it will be a quarter of the dosage of Moderna for adults. A third dose of Moderna has been approved for immunocompromised infants in this age group, at least one month after the second dose.

The CDC now recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for children and adolescents six months of age and older. COVID-19 has become one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death, and tens of thousands of children and teens have been hospitalized because of the virus. While children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, the effects of the virus are unpredictable. Vaccination is the best way to protect children from COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. Before it was authorized for children across age groups, scientists and medical experts reviewed safety and effectiveness data from clinical trials involving thousands of children.

Tarrant County Public Health Clinics:

Northwest Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
3800 Adam Grubb Road
Lake Worth, TX 76135

Bagsby-Williams Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
3212 Miller Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76119

Southeast Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 6 p.m.
536 W Randol Mill
Arlington TX, 76011

Main Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 6 p.m.
1101 S. Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Southwest Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
6551 Granbury Road
Fort Worth, TX 76133

Watauga Public Health Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
6601 Watauga Road
Watauga, TX 76148

COVID-19 causes respiratory illness with cough, fever and shortness of breath and may lead to bronchitis and severe pneumonia. For more information go to the TCPH coronavirus page or call the Tarrant County Public Health information line, 817-248-6299, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Let’s Go Mobile!

Public Health Notes

By Catherine Colquitt, Tarrant County Public Health Medical Director

This article was originally published in the May/June 2022 issue of the Tarrant County Physician. You can read find the full magazine here.

Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH), with its long history of providing vaccinations and testing in response to outbreaks and exposures, is rapidly expanding mobile operations to meet more testing, vaccination, treatment, screening, surveillance, contact tracing, and risk reduction education needs in our rapidly growing county. 

TCPH staff and leadership have learned much during the COVID-19 response about taking services “local.” We have benefitted greatly from working with such partners as county, regional, state, and federal government agencies, as well as first responders, municipalities, the Tarrant County Medical Society, school districts, colleges and universities, primary and secondary private schools, preschools, childcare facilities, places of worship, and municipal and state emergency management and preparedness experts. 

Responding to the need for mobile services with COVID-19 has reshaped healthcare delivery and has redefined preventive risk reduction and early/expedited treatment strategies for communicable diseases. It may also help us to move closer to the health equity we wish to achieve in our county and beyond. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed disparities in access to vaccines, testing, accurate COVID-19 information, and expert advice regarding COVID-19 risk reduction strategies (masking, social distancing, practicing cough and hand hygiene, self-isolating when ill, quarantining after COVID-19 exposure, and vaccination). 

As of March 24, 2022, some 2,894,773 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered in Tarrant County, with 1,338,110 people (66.24 percent of eligible Tarrant County residents) having received one dose, and 1,179,080 people (58.37 percent of eligible Tarrant County residents) being considered fully vaccinated with one Johnson and Johnson vaccine or two doses of mRNA vaccines.1

Essential clinical services offered by TCPH include immunizations; HIV testing, prevention, and treatment; STD screening and treatment; tuberculosis treatment; screening and contact investigations; drug treatment for latent tuberculosis infection; travel medicine clinics for advice; and vaccinations essential for safe international travel. We believe that a hybrid approach to the delivery of these services is vital to addressing health equity and access issues that could otherwise interfere with our objective of safeguarding the public’s health. We continue to operate our brick and mortar clinics across the county, but we must be nimble to serve communities which can’t easily access services in our fixed locations. We have a highly visible VaxMobile (an articulated city bus provided by our Fort Worth Transportation Authority partners), and we have purchased five mobile immunization trailers customized for the purpose. We have also purchased a 26-foot-long mobile van in which we can see clients for education, testing, and treatment.

We are ready, willing, and coming soon to your neighborhood. Remember, “Public Health is Where You Are”!

References

1.Data from Texas Dept of State health Services COVID-19 Dashboard
https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/AdditionalData.aspx

JPS Health Network, Fort Worth ISD To Offer Free Sports Physical Exams for the New School Year

Physicians from JPS Health Network are offering free sports physicals for Fort Worth ISD student athletes on Saturday, May 21.


Fifty JPS physicians, including seven Sports Medicine Program fellows, Sports Medicine Program faculty members, and physicians in the Family Medicine Residency Program, will perform the exams. A comprehensive sports physical exam is required for Fort Worth ISD students to participate in athletics in the new school year. The free event is a convenient opportunity for students to get a checkup.


Also volunteering their time are more than 30 others, including JPS nurses, EMTs, and students from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, who will take vital signs. Other JPS team members have been enlisted to direct the students to various stations.


“We want to be involved in our community. We want kids to be able to participate in sports because it provides so many positives for our youth today,” said Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director Michele Kirk, MD.

The mass physicals event has not taken place since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kirk noted that at past events JPS physicians have identified serious health problems in some teens while checking students’ readiness for sports. Athletes are referred to the appropriate physician providers for further evaluation and treatment in these situations.


JPS Sports Medicine physicians serve as team physicians for many high schools in Fort Worth ISD and Arlington ISD as well as being the team physicians for Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, and Southwest Assemblies of God University. They specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating injuries related to athletics and physical activities. To find out more about the JPS Sports Medicine program, visit jpshealthnet.org/get-care/services/orthopaedics.


Physical examination and medical history forms must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian by Wednesday, May 18. All FWISD athletes wanting to participate must go through their school and athletic trainer. Parents will not be allowed to bring their children in for the physicals themselves.