Denton County Public Health reports 15 more COVID-19 deaths and an additional 726 new cases of the virus Wednesday while adding there are only eight available ICU beds in the county.
According to the county health department, there were 166 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday, a slight decrease of three patients compared to Tuesday, and that number includes 35 people with the virus in ICUs. DCPH reported hospital capacity at 76% Wednesday, leaving 220 total beds available for future patients, including eight beds in ICUs. The ICUs are 91% occupied and 45% of the ICU patients are COVID-19 patients.
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Of the 726 new cases reported Wednesday afternoon, DCPH confirmed 673 are active while 53 have already cleared recovery protocol. The countywide total for cases stands at 58,644 with 43,392 estimated recoveries and 14,889 estimated active cases.
Denton County is providing free COVID-19 testing through the county health department. For times and locations, visit DentonCounty.gov/COVID19testing.
The county is currently operating a large-scale vaccine hub at Texas Motor Speedway where up to 10,000 people per day could be vaccinated against the virus.
This week's weather forecast has forced organizers to cancel the clinic on Thursday where 3,000 second doses were going to be administered. County officials said Tuesday afternoon that those doses would now be administered on Friday afternoon.
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As the state begins to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines for those in Phase 1A and 1B, county health departments have begun waitlists for those wish to be inoculated.
You can now register to recieve the vaccination in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. Links are below:
You do not need to be a resident of the county to register for a COVID-19 vaccine in that county -- registration is open to anyone in Texas. For those without internet access, Tarrant County is also taking registrations by phone at 817-248-6299. In Dallas County, call the DCHHS vaccine hotline at 1-855-IMMUNE9 (1-855-466-8639). In Denton County, call 940-349-2585.
For a more detailed breakdown of who is included in each priority group in Texas, see this page from the Texas DSHS.
To minimize the spread of COVID-19, DCPH asks all community members to continue 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.