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Denton County Reports 16 Deaths, 991 Cases of COVID-19 Monday; 4 ICU Beds

Denton County reports four ICU beds available; 43% of the county's ICU patients are COVID-19 patients

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Denton County Public Health reports 16 COVID-19 deaths and an additional 991 new cases of the virus Monday, their first report in more than a week after being delayed during last week's winter storms.

The county said the latest deaths included the following victims:

  • A male over 80 who was a resident of Lewisville
  • A male over 80 who was a resident of Inspired Living in Lewisville
  • A female over 80 who was a resident of Autumn Leaves of North Carrollton at Castle Hills
  • A male in his 50s who was a resident of Carrollton
  • A female over 80 who was a resident of Dallas
  • A female over 80 who was a resident of Summertime House in Lewisville
  • A male in his 60s who was a resident of Denton
  • A male in his 60s who was a resident of Denton
  • A male in his 60s who was a resident of Denton
  • A male in his 70s who was a resident of Denton
  • A male in his 60s who was a resident of Denton
  • A female in her 70s who was a resident of Denton
  • A male in his 60s who was a resident of Denton
  • A female over 80 who was a resident of The Colony
  • A male in his 60s who was a resident of Denton
  • A female over 80 who was a resident of Bethesda Gardens Frisco

“As we report these 16 deaths due to COVID-19, we ask for you to please keep their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers,” stated Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “Though we are vaccinating more individuals weekly, we should all continue to wear masks, socially distance, and wash and sanitize hands frequently to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Denton County.”

According to the county health department, there were 128 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, a decrease of 18 patients from last week's high, and that number includes 36 people with the virus in ICUs. DCPH reported hospital capacity at 73% Monday, leaving 225 total beds available for future patients, including four beds in ICUs. The ICUs are 96% occupied and 43% of the ICU patients are COVID-19 patients.

Of the 991 new cases reported Monday afternoon, DCPH confirmed 892 are active while 99 have already cleared recovery protocol. The countywide total for cases stands at 61,156 with 48,805 estimated recoveries and 11,953 estimated active cases.

“We’re seeing both continued COVID-19 transmission, as well as a backlog of reports stemming from the winter weather challenges last week,” stated Dr. Matt Richardson, DCPH Director. “DCPH will be reporting new cases daily to include those from prior weeks, but our website will also continue to note the onset date of illness, highlighting the active case trends. This pandemic news is improving, but it’s not over.”

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. Due to last week's weather, the hub at TMS will not open this week until Wednesday.

Want to Get on a Vaccine Waitlist?

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:

Waitlist Links: Collin - Search Waitlist | Dallas | Denton | Tarrant

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.
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