DENTON, Texas – Denton County Public Health officials say the trend in COVID-19 infection in the county is incorrect, with an increase of more than 2,000 cases in two weeks.
Public health officials also say the number of positive cases in Denton County has more than doubled in recent weeks.
County health officials say the county’s positivity rates have risen in the past three weeks from about 11 percent to 23 percent of positive tests, although fewer tests were done in the county last week.
Public health officials say there is growing concern these days about Labor Day holidays and schools preparing for the fall.
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Denton County Director of Public Health dr. Matt Richardson briefed the county commissioners on Tuesday morning on the current reality facing more and more COVID-19 cases.
“In two weeks, more than 2,000 cases and 30 percent of all confirmed cases occurred within a two-week period. It’s a huge leap, “said Dr. Richardson. Thus, for every 100 cases, almost one in four, approximately 23.5 percent, is positive. It shows a lot of disease transmission and shows us that these cases now reveal others at worst. So we are worried that this case will grow even more. “
County health officials say the new cases come from a variety of sources, and they point out that people can wear face masks or keep their distance from others as much as possible.
“Unfortunately, tracking results are everywhere and a lot of household contacts,” said Dr. Richardson. “It simply came to our notice then. Some professional contacts and some contacts that are transmitted only locally, we cannot determine exactly where someone was exposed. “
After consulting with the Attorney General’s Office, Denton County found that local public health officials did not have the authority to order school campuses to remain closed.
County health officials, based on new data, only recommended that school districts postpone individuals ’courses until Sept. 8.
Some districts, such as the Lewisville ISD, have already announced that they will be operational in August and will not be open to personal learning until September.
Public health officials say they hope the delay will give schools more time to get safety protocols.
“Teacher to teacher. Student to teacher. Teacher to student. All of this remains an opportunity, ”said Dr. Richardson. “Both with these additional cases, and with the extra positivity, we are fashioning in such a way that we see a high risk.”
Denton County Public Health officials also say COVID-19 cases between the ages of 0 and 19 have jumped from 14 to 165 since Remembrance Day week. distribute to others in the home or community.
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