Thursday, September 16, 2021

2 more COVID-19 deaths confirmed in Denton County

Denton County Public Health announced this week that two more county residents have died as a result of COVID-19, bringing the countywide COVID-19 death toll to 633.

The deaths reported Tuesday were a Lewisville man in his 50s and a Carrollton man in his 70s.

“DCPH has confirmed two additional deaths due to COVID-19 in Denton County,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “We ask you to please keep these individuals’ families and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”

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.

During this week’s Denton County Commissioners Court meeting, Richardson returned to wearing a mask while presenting his weekly update on the state of the virus in the county. New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have been rising since late June, and that is expected to continue.

“We’ve had six weeks in a row of increases, but we’re not done,” Richardson said, encouraging residents to get vaccinated.

Friday’s active case count is 3,977, up from 1,444 on July 6 and 3,120 one week ago, according to DCPH data. This rise in cases coincides with the increased prevalence of the more contagious Delta variant, according to DCPH.

To minimize spread of COVID-19, DCPH urges all unvaccinated 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 are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • If you are 12 years old or over, get your COVID-19 vaccine

If you are fully vaccinated, CDC recommends mask use in public indoor spaces.

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.

Parts of this news story originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at  www.texastribune.org/2021/07/27/texas-masks-cdc-covid-19/

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

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