COVID-19 is a new respiratory illness that was first discovered in Wuhan, China. It is transmitted from person to person.
Primary symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, fatigue and sore
throat. Severe cases include persistent high fever, shortness of
breath and pneumonia.
Those most at risk of becoming seriously ill are people over age 60 and people with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
COVID-19 is transmitted through:
It takes from two days up to 14 days from being exposed to the virus before you will get sick.
Local or community transmission is when the virus is spreading from
person to person within the community rather than being acquired
through travel. Though household cases are examples of community
transmission, the concern is with continued spread beyond a single
household or cluster. That's when the chain of infection cannot be
Community or local transmission has been identified in Tarrant County.
How you can prevent COVID-19
Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best
way to prevent infection is to take the following precautions:
What should I do if I get sick?
How do I get tested for coronavirus?
If a person has respiratory issues, TCPH advice is to contact a physician or an urgent care or other medical facility and get tested for the flu or other viral illnesses first. If your doctor or medical professional determines that, based on your symptoms and travel history that a COVID-19 test is needed, specimens will be taken and sent to a lab for testing. You can also self screen to get a COVID-19 testing appointment.
TCPH generally does not test individuals for COVID-19 unless you are a contact case and have been contacted by our epidemiology staff.
If I am planning to travel should I go?
Check the CDC website for updates on where travel should be avoided regardless of your risk for complications from coronavirus infection. If you are high risk, you are advised not to travel.
If I am planning a large event, should I cancel it?
Tarrant County Public Health is strongly recommending that organizers of events of any size in which people will be in close contact to cancel or postpone such events, if possible.
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