Saturday, September 30, 2023

COVID-19 hospitalizations higher than ever in Denton County

Image courtesy of Denton County Public Health

Denton County Public Health reported Wednesday a single-day record for COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 occupied hospital beds has been steadily rising since autumn began, more than quadrupling since the beginning of October and reaching a new high of 122 on Wednesday, according to DCPH. COVID-19 cases make up more than 18% of the county’s inpatient hospitalizations. Hospitals’ total inpatient beds are currently about 75% occupied.

The county also announced Wednesday that the active case total passed 4,000 for the first time.

DCPH is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center in Denton on Friday at the North Central Texas College Exchange parking garage, 318 East Sycamore St., beginning at 8 a.m. Eligible community members must reside in Denton County, pre-register by calling 940-349-2585, and have not previously tested positive for COVID-19.

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

For additional COVID-19 data including active case information by municipality, hospital capacity, and ventilator utilization, visit For information regarding DCPH’s upcoming testing centers, visit For additional COVID-19 health and safety recommendations, visit

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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