4th Case of Coronavirus in Tarrant County Is ‘Close Contact' of Pilot Who Tested Positive, Officials Say

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Tarrant County's fourth presumptive case of COVID-19 is in a person who is a "close contact" to the American Airlines pilot who tested positive earlier this week, county health officials say.

The newest positive sample was tested at a private lab, officials said.

"The fourth COVID-19 case was isolated at home and then developed symptoms," said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja. "No one at DFW Airport came in contact with the fourth patient since symptoms developed."

Health officials said the pilot who tested positive Thursday for COVID-19 does not live in Texas.

American Airlines said Thursday it would not disclose the routes the pilot flew.

Tarrant County Public Health did not disclose the gender or approximate age of the patient. The county's labs cover a 33 county region for COVID-19 testing, officials said.

How to Avoid COVID-19 Infection:

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

*Information shared from the Office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

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