TCMS Gets Limited Donation of PPE

A number of physicians are struggling to get appropriate PPE for their healthcare teams due to shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. TCMS has received a small donation of PPE from MedStar and is dispersing it to some of our members that are currently seeing patients daily without appropriate protective gear. Thank you, MedStar, for donating to support physicians at this critical time. We are hoping that we continue to receive PPE donations to protect our community’s healthcare workers. To donate or find out more information, contact us at 817-732-2825.

Greg Phillips, MD, and Anita King, RN, reviving N95 masks.
Purnachander Sirikonda, MD, 15 N95 masks for his staff of five.

Collaborative new program to serve seniors during COVID-19 crisis

Originally published on the City of Fort Worth website.

A new collaborative effort led by some of Tarrant County’s leading charitable organizations was established to provide food to senior citizens during the COVID-19 crisis.

Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County has teamed up with United Way and Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County, Tarrant County, Tarrant Area Food Bank and Catholic Charities Fort Worth. These organizations are addressing food insecurity among this vulnerable population.

Individuals age 60 and above and a spouse who do not have enough food to eat during the COVID-19 outbreak or who are experiencing a reduced level of nutritional support from families and friends may receive supplemental food through this new program.

Program participants will receive a weekly home delivery of five frozen meals (per person) from Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County and a 10-pound box of senior-friendly canned goods and fresh produce from Tarrant Area Food Bank. All items will be delivered by Catholic Charities Fort Worth.

“When Tarrant Area Food Bank called and said they had an idea, we jumped on board. We have the second-largest transportation fleet next to The T, and yet most of our rides are nearly empty due to the stay-at-home requirements,” said Catholic Charities CEO Michael P. Grace. “This is a perfect opportunity for us to work with these incredible powerhouse nonprofits to pivot and employ our vehicles to take the food where it is most needed.”

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said organizations have been coming together on a call to plan in this time of emergency. “This is a perfect example of how different agencies on this call have gotten together and developed solutions for not only our current needs, but also anticipating needs that will arise in the coming weeks,” Whitley said.

Client referrals should be made to Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County online or by calling 817-336-0912.

Tarrant County Public Health reports four additional COVID-19 deaths

Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) today reported four more deaths due to COVID-19. The deceased include a male in his 60s and a male in his 40s, both from Fort Worth, a male in his 40s from Mansfield and a male in his 60s from an unincorporated area of Tarrant County. All had underlying health conditions.

Tarrant County now has 34 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus. 157 people have recovered. “These deaths continue to remind us that we are faced with a deadly disease,” said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja. “As we suffer these losses we also are mindful of how important it is for us to continue our efforts to control the spread of this deadly virus.”

COVID-19 causes respiratory illness with cough, fever, and shortness of breath, and may lead to bronchitis and severe pneumonia. Everyone should follow these guidelines to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus:

  1. Stay home as much as possible.
  2. If you do go out, cover your mouth and nose with a mask or scarf.
  3. Practice social distancing by staying six feet away from others when you are out.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  5. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  6. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  7. If you have difficulty breathing, or a persistent fever, call your doctor or healthcare provider.
  8. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve.
  9. Frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces.

For more information go to coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com or call the Tarrant County Public Health information line, (817) 248-6299, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 4/15/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 990*

COVID-19 related deaths: 30

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 157

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Wednesday, April 15, 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.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 4/14/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 929*

COVID-19 related deaths: 29

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 103

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Tuesday, April 14, 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.

Tarrant County Public Health reports four more COVID-19 deaths

Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) today reported that four more Tarrant County residents have died as the result of the COVID-19 virus. The deceased, all from Fort Worth, include a man in his 70s, two men in their 80s and a woman in her 80s. All had underlying health conditions.

Tarrant County now has 29 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus. 103 people have recovered.  “We are saddened by every death that occurs because of this virus,” said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja. “Our best hope to save lives in the future is to persevere; keep following the guidelines, and we will emerge stronger than before.”

COVID-19 causes respiratory illness with cough, fever, and shortness of breath, and may lead to bronchitis and severe pneumonia. Everyone should follow these guidelines to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus:

  1. Stay home as much as possible.
  2. If you do go out, cover your mouth and nose with a mask or scarf.
  3. Practice social distancing by staying six feet away from others when you are out.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  5. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  6. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  7. If you have difficulty breathing, or a persistent fever, call your doctor or healthcare provider.
  8. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve.
  9. Frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces.

For more information go to coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com or call the Tarrant County Public Health information line, (817) 248-6299, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 4/13/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 876*

COVID-19 related deaths: 25

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 103

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Monday, April 13, 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.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 4/12/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 806*

COVID-19 related deaths: 25

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 90

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Sunday, April 12, 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.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 4/11/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 787*

COVID-19 related deaths: 25

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 90

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Saturday, April 11, 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.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 4/10/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 705*

COVID-19 related deaths: 21

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 90

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Friday, April 10, 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.