In this week’s COVID-19 update, Denton County Public Health reported three more COVID-19 deaths and a rise in new COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions.
Denton County remains at a low COVID-19 community level, based on three key COVID-19 data points, but those figures have risen since last week. New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people is now 1.2, up from 0.4 last week; 1% of inpatient beds are now occupied by COVID-19 patients, a slight rise from 0.8% last week; and new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people is now 40.9, up from 31.8 last week.
DCPH this week also confirmed 488 new cases and 279 recoveries, resulting in 216 more active cases than last week. The countywide COVID-19 death toll is now 866.
DCPH only rules a resident’s death as a COVID-19 death if it is determined that the person died as a direct result of COVID-19. Actual dates of death can be released several days to several months after the date of death, due to various reporting agencies and medical records review. COVID-19 deaths are a “lagging indicator,” because it usually takes a couple weeks to a couple months for DCPH to confirm a resident’s death as being the result of COVID-19.
To minimize spread of COVID-19, DCPH reminds community members to:
- Get vaccinated and boosted when eligible
- Test five days after exposure or if you have symptoms of COVID-19
- Isolate, quarantine, and wear a mask when recommended
Additional COVID-19 information is available at the following websites:
- Denton County data: dentoncounty.gov/COVIDstats.
- DCPH vaccines: dentoncounty.gov/COVID19vaccine
- DCPH testing: dentoncounty.gov/COVID19testing
- CDC isolation and quarantine guidance: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html