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3 more Denton County residents die of COVID-19

Tuesday, April 20

Denton County Public Health announced Tuesday that three more county residents have died as a result of COVID-19, bringing the countywide death toll to 482.

The deaths reported Tuesday include a Copper Canyon man over 80, a Denton woman over 80 and a woman in her 70s who lived in unincorporated southwest Denton County, which includes Lantana.

“Today we confirmed three additional community members who have passed away due to COVID-19,” stated Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “We ask you to continue to follow public health recommendations as we slow the spread of COVID-19 within our communities.”

DCPH Director Dr. Matt Richardson has said multiple times that DCPH only rules a resident’s death as a COVID-19 death if it is determined that the person died as a result of COVID-19, not when someone has COVID-19 but dies primarily of another cause.

DCPH also announced 164 new cases of COVID-19 in Denton County, 154 of which are active, as well as 201 new recoveries. There are now 3,930 active cases in the county, the lowest such point since Nov. 14.

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
  • When eligible and available to you, get your COVID-19 vaccine

Click here for more information about COVID-19 vaccines in Denton County. 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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