FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – It could be another one to two weeks before Tarrant County Public Health is able to do its own testing for the COVID-19 virus.

The department confirmed Friday it has not had any testing available to this point.

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If a potential patient was identified by a local healthcare provider, a department spokesperson said they would rely on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab to do the testing to determine if the virus was present.

It could take about a week to get that result.

Tarrant was one of six counties that signed a joint statement from the Texas Conference of Urban Counties, generally aimed at assuring residents that they are closely monitoring the situation with state and federal agencies.