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“It’s Truly Something that was Due” JPS Leaders say of Tarrant County Mask Requirement

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Tarrant County rising exponentially in recent days, Dr. G. Robert Stephenson said it’s time to take vigilance against the virus to a new level.

Stephenson, Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at JPS Health Network, applauded the decision of county leaders announced Thursday. It legally requires people to wear protective face masks in public, a move that could reverse the disturbing upward trend of COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks. On Thursday, Tarrant County confirmed 517 new infections, up from 460 the day before.

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“It’s Critical We Keep the Momentum Going”

For the last decade, the JPS Health Network Research Symposium has grown in size and depth every year.

Melissa Acosta, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Clinical Research at the health network, said organizers and participants weren’t about to let current social distancing standards due to COVID-19 disrupt that positive momentum. The June 5, 2020 edition of the symposium, which will focus on healthcare inequities and how to eliminate them, will go online. It’s a move she hopes will pave the way for even more growth in the future.

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