Four Denton County residents have died as a result of COVID-19, Denton County Public Health announced Tuesday.
The most recent deaths included a Lewisville man in his 60s, a Highland Village man in his 40s, a woman over 80 who lived at Rambling Oaks Courtyard in Highland Village and a woman in her 70s who lived at Brookhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carrollton. The COVID-19 death toll is now at 66.
“Today, we are terribly saddened to report four deaths in Denton County due to complications from COVID-19 and sincerely seek your thoughts and prayers for their families,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “The seriousness of COVID-19 cannot be more firmly stated. Each of us must continue to do our part to keep this virus from spreading.”
DCPH also announced Tuesday that 122 new cases have been confirmed among county residents, as well as 146 new recoveries. There are now 2,953 active cases and 4,848 total recoveries in the county.
DCPH is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center Friday at 3940 North Elm St., beginning at 8 a.m. Eligible community members are those who have had symptoms of COVID-19 within the past seven days, essential employees, individuals 60 years and older, as well as individuals who have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. All community members must call to pre-register for testing at 940-349-2585.
To minimize spread of COVID-19, DCPH urges all community members to:
- Maintain at least six feet of physical distance in public settings and when around individuals outside of the household
- Wear masks or face coverings, which should cover both the nose and mouth, in public settings and when around individuals outside of the household
- Wash and/or sanitize hands frequently
- Stay home if you are symptomatic, have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19, or have pending COVID-19 lab results
During the week of Aug. 2-8, 17,395 test reports were attributed to Denton County by Texas’ Department of State Health Services in their reporting, over 10,000 more than previous weeks, according to DCPH. DSHS has allocated approximately 500,000 unassigned tests performed to multiple counties within the past week. This bulk allocation of previously performed tests will disproportionally affect DCPH’s percent positivity for the week of August 2-8, causing it to appear artificially low.
For additional COVID-19 data including active case information by municipality, hospital capacity, and ventilator utilization, visit dentoncounty.gov/COVIDstats. For information regarding DCPH’s upcoming testing centers, visit dentoncounty.gov/COVID19testing. For additional COVID-19 health and safety recommendations, visit dentoncounty.gov/COVID19.