Health officials from Tarrant County confirmed Tuesday that an elderly adult who tested positive for the COVID-19 test died.
77-year-old Patrick James was a resident of the Texas Masonic Retirement Center in Arlington, where he lived with his wife.
Officials said James died on Sunday March 15th.
TCPH officials said they released information about James’ residence because the facility offers accommodation to retirees and seniors who are most vulnerable to coronavirus.
The county health department will now work with the pension center to evaluate other residents and staff.
Health officials are currently studying the possible source of the infection and determining who the patient may have come in contact with while he was ill.
“On behalf of Tarrant County Public Health, I would like to express our deepest sympathy for this person’s family,” said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja.
This is the second coronavirus-related death in the state of Texas.
The first was a 90-year-old man who died on Sunday evening at the Matagorda Regional Medical Center with symptoms compatible with the virus. The patient was a county resident.