Update in Frisco: Collin County confirms 3 more cases of coronavirus in Frisco

Health officials in Collin County reported three new cases of novel coronavirus in Frisco April 5, while Denton County Public Health reported no new cases in the city. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Health officials in Collin County reported three new cases of novel coronavirus in Frisco April 5, while Denton County Public Health reported no new cases in the city. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Health officials in Collin County reported three new cases of novel coronavirus in Frisco April 5, while Denton County Public Health reported no new cases in the city. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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Collin County health officials announced April 4 that a 67-year-old Frisco woman died due to COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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This is a test kit for COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Courtesy National Institutes of Health)
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Frisco ISD will remain closed for another four weeks, according to district officials. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Denton County Public Health announced March 31 that a fourth Denton County resident has died due to coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Collin County's new interactive dashboard shows a breakdown of novel coronavirus cases in the county. (Screenshot Courtesy Collin County)
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Frisco City Council approved an ordinance March 27 amending the city's declaration of local disaster for public health emergency to formally adopt guidelines issued by Denton County this week. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Editor's note: This is an evolving story. New updates will be posted as they become available.

A new blog-style page for coronavirus updates in Frisco can be found at this link.

Updated at 6:52 p.m. April 5

Health officials in Collin County confirmed three new cases of coronavirus in Frisco on April 5.

That brings the citywide total to 64 cases, with 39 of those in Collin County and 25 in Denton County. A city news release states 24 people have recovered, leaving 40 active cases in Frisco.


The three new Frisco cases were among the 19 additional cases of coronavirus confirmed by Collin County health officials on April 5. That brings the county's total to 287 confirmed cases with 102 having recovered.

Denton County Public Health announced that 16 more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, bringing its county total to 304. So far, 69 residents have recovered.

Denton County Public Health also announced April 5 that a Lewisville man in his 90s died due to COVID-19, bringing Denton County’s number of coronavirus-related deaths to seven.

The patient was a resident of a nursing facility and caught the coronavirus through local transmission, according to public health officials.

“As we report the loss of a seventh life to COVID-19 in Denton County today, we hope everyone will take a moment to keep our fellow residents affected by this pandemic in your thoughts and prayers,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said in a statement. “The seriousness of taking precautions cannot be overstated. With community spread endemic in our county, we must take the necessary steps to ensure we do not contribute to the problem.”

Updated at 9:10 p.m. April 4

Collin County is reporting 13 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the county's total to 268 as of April 4.

Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney also issued a statement regarding a 67-year-old Frisco woman who became Collin County's third death connected to COVID-19.


"We’re very sad to learn one of our residents has died from illness related to COVID-19," Cheney said in a statement. "She and her family are in our prayers. We remind our community to continue to be disciplined about staying home, social distancing, and washing or sanitizing your hands often to slow the spread."

To date, there have been 993 negative tests for COVID-19, county health officials reported.

Collin County is providing a more detailed breakdown of cases on this dashboard.

Updated 3:40 p.m. April 4

Collin County health officials announced April 4 that a 67-year-old Frisco woman died due to COVID-19, making hers the third coronavirus-related death in the county and the first in the city.

The Frisco woman, who had underlying health complications, died in a hospital early Saturday morning, according to the county news release.

“We are sad to learn of the death of another member of our Collin County community today,” Collin County Judge Chris Hill said in a news release. “All of us grieve together with her family during this difficult time.”

Denton County Public Health also announced April 4 that 15 additional cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, bringing the county’s total to 288.

So far, 67 Denton County residents who have been diagnosed with the virus have recovered, and six in the county have died, according to public health officials.

Updated 7:11 p.m. April 3

Health officials in Collin County reported three new cases of novel coronavirus in Frisco April 3, while Denton County Public Health reported no new cases in the city.

The three new cases bring the city's total to 55 confirmed cases with
33 of those in Collin County and 22 in Denton County. The city also has had 21 patients listed as recovered, including 11 in Collin County and 10 in Denton County.

The 29 new cases reported throughout Collin County on April 3 bring its total to 256 confirmed cases. It has had 91 patients who have recovered.

Updated 5:28 p.m. April 3

Collin County health officials announced April 3 that an Anna woman in her 40s has died due to COVID-19, making it the second coronavirus-related death in Collin County. Denton County Public Health announced April 3 that a Lewisville woman in her 70s has died due to COVID-19, marking the sixth coronavirus death in Denton County.

The Anna woman died in a local hospital April 2. No other personal details were shared.

“All of us at Collin County are saddened at the report of a second COVID-19 death within our community,” Collin County Judge Chris Hill said in the release. “To her family, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Collin County has 227 confirmed cases as of April 3.

The Denton County patient was a resident of a nursing facility and caught the coronavirus through local transmission, according to public health officials.

“As we report the loss of a sixth life to COVID-19 in Denton County today, we hope everyone will take a moment to keep our fellow residents affected by this pandemic in your thoughts and prayers,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said in a statement. “The seriousness of taking precautions cannot be overstated. With community spread endemic in our county, we must take the necessary steps to ensure we do not contribute to the problem.”

Denton County Public Health has also announced that 19 more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed locally, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 273. So far, 62 residents have recovered.


Updated 6:20 p.m. April 2

Health officials in Collin and Denton counties confirmed three new cases of coronavirus in Frisco on April 2.

That brings the citywide total to 52 cases, with 30 of those in Collin County and 22 in Denton County.

Two of the new Frisco cases were among the 19 additional cases of coronavirus confirmed by Collin County health officials on April 2. The other new case in the city was among the 23 additional cases confirmed by Denton County Public Health.

Denton County Public Health also announced April 2 that a Carrollton man in his 70s had died due to COVID-19, bringing the county’s death toll to five.

The man caught the virus through local transmission, according to health officials.

“As we report the loss of a fifth life to COVID-19 in Denton County today, we hope everyone will take a moment to keep our fellow residents affected by this pandemic in your thoughts and prayers,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said in a statement. “The seriousness of taking precautions cannot be overstated. With community spread endemic in our county, we must take the necessary steps to ensure we do not contribute to the problem.”

Updated 10:52 a.m. April 2

Health officials in Collin and Denton counties confirmed seven new cases of coronavirus in Frisco on April 1.

That brings the citywide total to 49 cases, with 28 of those in Collin County and 21 in Denton County.

Three of the new Frisco cases were among the 25 additional cases of coronavirus confirmed by Denton County Public Health on April 1. The other four new cases in the city were among the 24 additional cases confirmed by Collin County health officials.

The new cases in Collin County brings the countwyide total to 207. Of those cases, 66 patients have recovered, one has died and 140 are still sick.

Updated 4:55 p.m. April 1

Denton County Public Health announced April 1 that 25 additional cases of coronavirus have been confirmed locally, bringing the county’s total to 231.

So far, 55 patients have recovered, and four have died, according to officials.

Public health officials stated that 78 of the county’s cases resulted from local transmission.

Updated 10:34 a.m. April 1

The number of people in Collin County who have been hospitalized with confirmed cases of the new coronavirus jumped to 24 the morning of April 1, up from 16 the previous day, as the total number of cases continues to rise.

In all, there have been 184 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 reported to the county health authority, a number 15% higher than the tally reported March 31. Most confirmed cases have not required hospitalization.

So far, 53 people in the North Texas county are known to have successfully recovered from the virus. One is confirmed to have died from the virus.

Hundreds more still are under monitoring for similar symptoms.

Updated 7:55 p.m. March 31

Frisco ISD will remain closed for another four weeks, according to district officials.

On March 31, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order extending the closure of Texas schools to May 4. Later that day, FISD Superintendent Mike Waldrip made the same call.

"The purpose of extending the closure is to help eliminate the spread of COVID-19," Waldrip said in a district statement. "Frisco ISD teachers will continue to provide alternative learning options to our students through eLearning. Each teacher has virtual office hours which are posted on campus websites for any questions you or your student may have."

FISD officials said district offices and all campuses will remain closed to the public.

For more information, visit www.friscoisd.org.

Updated 4:50 p.m. March 31

Denton County Public Health announced March 31 that a fourth Denton County resident has died due to coronavirus. He caught the disease through local transmission, according to officials.

The resident, a man in his 60s, lived in The Colony.

“Today, we have learned of yet another death due to COVID-19, which has impacted our communities in Denton County,” Judge Andy Eads said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man’s family as well as the families of those who have also been victims of this terrible pandemic.”

Fifteen additional cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed, including one new case in Frisco, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 206. Fifty of those who have been diagnosed with the virus have since recovered.

“The Commissioners Court has extended the stay-at-home mandate and the closure of nonessential businesses through April 7 and anticipate it will continue longer,” Eads stated. “We know these strict measures cause hardships, but we must keep residents at home to curb community spread and limit the potential for overwhelming our medical facilities.”

Updated 2:45 p.m. March 31

Collin County health officials and hospitals have released information about new coronavirus cases, including the percentage of confirmed cases with travel history and the percentage of those hospitalized being treated for the coronavirus.

Find three charts exploring that data below.





Updated 1:53 p.m. March 31

Denton County Commissioners Court voted to extend the county’s disaster declaration and stay-at-home order until April 7 at 11:59 p.m.

The commissioners amended the stay-at-home order to allow nonprofits to provide curbside services.

The order, which has been in effect since 11:59 p.m. March 25, mandates that residents stay home except to perform specific essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or to perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing. The original order can be found here.

Updated 9:53 a.m. March 31

Collin County unveiled its new interactive dashboard March 30 that shows updated information on novel coronavirus cases in the county.

In addition to showing the number of new cases confirmed each day and the county's total number of cases, the dashboard also lists information on how many people have recovered, died and are hospitalized. A map shows which cities in the county have seen confirmed cases as well as a breakdown of cases by age and gender.

Updated 8:45 p.m. March 30

Collin County health officials confirmed four new cases of novel coronavirus in Frisco on March 30. Denton County Public Health reported no new cases in Frisco on Monday.

The new Collin County cases include a 52-year-old female, a 39-year-old male and a 56-year-old male with no travel history. There was also a 62-year-old male with no further information.

The four new cases bring Frisco's total of confirmed cases to 40, including 24 in Collin County and 16 in Denton County.

Frisco also announced that it is allowing residents to drop off yard waste materials at the Environmental Services Recycling Center, 6616 Walnut St. The self-service drop-off will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

To drop off yard waste, Frisco residents will be required to show their Frisco water bills and a matching driver's license to the attendant through their vehicle window.

Updated 4:55 p.m. March 30

Denton County Public Health announced March 30 that a third Denton County resident has died due to COVID-19. She caught the disease through local transmission, according to officials.

The resident, a woman in her 60s, lived in unincorporated Denton County.

“The news of a third individual’s death due to COVID-19 is tragic,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.”

Twenty-six additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 191. Thirty-five of those who have been diagnosed with the virus have since recovered.

Denton County residents have been under a stay-at-home order since 11:59 p.m. March 25.

The order mandates that residents stay home except to perform specific essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or to perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.

“This situation underscores the need to follow the Stay at Home mandate,” Eads stated. “We need everyone’s cooperation to help protect the health of all our residents, especially our most vulnerable.”

Denton County Commissioners Court will consider extending the order at a meeting March 31.

Updated 6:05 p.m. March 29

Public health officials in Collin and Denton counties confirmed four additional cases of novel coronavirus among Frisco residents on March 29. There were two from each county.

That brings Frisco's total of confirmed cases to 36, including 20 in Collin County and 16 in Denton County.

Coronavirus updates from before March 29 can be found at this link• • • • .
By William C. Wadsack

Senior Reporter, Plano/Richardson

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.



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