March 25, 2020 – Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced nineteen additional laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the countywide total to 70 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Included in the nineteen cases is one additional Denton State Supported Living Center resident, a female in her 50s who is currently hospitalized. To protect patient confidentiality, no further personal information will be released.
DCPH is identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed. Any individuals identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly by DCPH. DCPH continues to investigate and confirm data from known cases as it becomes available. Jurisdictional data in the below table may be updated due to the provision of additional clarification from hospitals, individuals, and/or jurisdictions.
Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. However, some patients can have more severe symptoms, complications, and/or death. Should individuals experience more severe symptoms, DCPH encourages individuals to call their health care provider or the emergency department prior to arrival, to limit exposure.
The most updated COVID-19 recommendations guide individuals with mild symptoms to stay home and self-isolate until all three of the following have happened:
· You have had no fever for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
· Other symptoms have improved.
· At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
DCPH will continue to monitor and investigate COVID-19 within Denton County. Visit www.dentoncounty.gov/COVID19 for additional local information regarding COVID-19, including information for community members, travelers, and healthcare providers.