DENTON COUNTY, TX- Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced two additional Denton County community members have died as a result of COVID-19, bringing the total to 82 deaths due to COVID-19 in Denton County. The deaths reported today include:
· A male over 80 who was a resident of Eagle Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Denton
· A male in his 70s who was a resident of Eagle Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Denton
“We ask for you to keep the families of these two individuals who died from COVID-19 in your thoughts and prayers,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads.
“As we remain cautiously optimistic about fewer new cases of COVID-19 being reported and the ongoing increase in the number of recoveries, we ask for you to continue wearing masks, physically distancing, and staying home if you feel sick.”
DCPH also announced 137 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 8,214 confirmed COVID-19 cases. DCPH also reported 176 newly recovered cases of COVID-19, increasing the countywide recovery total to 5,278.
DCPH is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center in The Colony on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020. Pre-registration is required and appointments are available starting at 8 AM. The testing center will be held at The Colony Five Star Complex at 4100 Blair Oaks Drive. Eligible community members are those who have had symptoms of COVID-19 within the past seven days, essential employees, individuals 60 years and older, as well as individuals who have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. All community members must call to pre-register for testing at 940-349-2585.
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
For additional COVID-19 data including active case information by municipality, weekly testing totals, and cases reported by day, visit dentoncounty.gov/COVIDstats. For information regarding DCPH’s upcoming testing centers, please visit dentoncounty.gov/COVID19testing. For additional COVID-19 health and safety recommendations, visit dentoncounty.gov/COVID19.