Tuesday, August 9, 2022

11 more COVID-19 deaths reported this week in Denton County

Throughout the week, Denton County Public Health announced that 11 more Denton County residents’ deaths were the result of COVID-19, bringing the countywide COVID-19 death toll to 615.

The deaths reported this week include a Flower Mound man and woman both over 80, a Highland Village man in his 70s, a Lewisville woman in her 40s, a Lewisville man over 80, a Denton man in his 70s, a Denton man over 80, a Carrollton man in his 50s, a Plano man over 80, a woman in her 50s who lived in The Colony and a man over 80 who lived in unincorporated northwest Denton County.

“Please keep their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads.

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.

There are now 1,691 active COVID-19 cases in the county, a number that was declining swiftly a few months ago but is now declining at a much slower rate. During a recent Denton County Commissioners Court meeting, Richardson said that while the numbers are improving, the pandemic is not over yet.

“We haven’t won the war, but boy, it looks really positive comparatively (to the winter months),” he said.

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 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.

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

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