DATA: Denton County records most number of active COVID-19 cases since March; Collin County sees cases increase

COVID-19 cases are rising in both Collin and Denton counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
COVID-19 cases are rising in both Collin and Denton counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

COVID-19 cases are rising in both Collin and Denton counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Collin County and Denton County have both seen an increase in new cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks. Nov. 5 marked a new high since cases declined in late August for both counties with 3,228 and 1,471 active cases in Denton and Collin counties, respectively. The number of active cases Nov. 5 is the highest number of active cases in a single day since the height of the pandemic’s wave in Collin County in August, when there were more than 4,700 active cases in a single day.

In Denton County, this broke the record for the most number of active cases in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous record for the most active cases in a single day in Denton County was set Aug. 1, when there were 3,094 active cases.



In Frisco, there were 265 new coronavirus cases between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5, according to ZIP code data from Collin and Denton counties’ COVID-19 dashboards.

While an aggregated dashboard is not available that shows the daily case count for the entire city of Frisco, data from Denton County Public Health and Collin County Public Health shows young people in their 20s have the largest case count of any age group in both counties.



Among the ZIP codes for Frisco, 75035 has the greatest number of new confirmed cases with 88 new confirmed cases in the last seven days.


The ZIP code with the second-highest number of new cases in the past week is 75034, which reported 80 new confirmed cases in the last seven days. 75034 is the most populated ZIP code in Frisco and the third most populated ZIP code in Texas.



In Collin County, there were 1,118 new coronavirus cases between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Collin County to 19,480, according to the Collin County COVID-19 dashboard.

In Denton County, there were 1,126 new coronavirus cases between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5, bringing the cumulative, countywide total of confirmed cases since March to 17,842.

In addition, the data shows 12 deaths in Collin County during the past seven days and six deaths in Denton County during the past seven days. The total number of deaths since tracking began in March is 196 for Collin County and 138 for Denton County.

Among those who died this week due to COVID-19 complications are six elderly residents of Denton County. One of the deceased was a resident of Saddle Brook Memory Care in Frisco, which is currently under investigation by state authorities as more than ten Saddle Brook Memory Care residents have died due to COVID-19 complications in recent weeks.

As of Sept. 1, the city of Frisco no longer provides a city-level COVID-19 tracking dashboard, but Frisco ISD tracks districtwide COVID-19 cases.

Among the key indicators monitored by health experts is the number of hospitalizations. On Nov. 5, Collin County and Denton County reported 177 and 90 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized, respectively. The number of hospitalized patients has generally been increasing in recent weeks in both counties.
By Francesca D' Annunzio
Francesca D'Annunzio covers K-12 and higher education, development, planning and zoning, and transportation in Frisco and McKinney. She attended college at the University of Texas at Austin, where she reported for the Daily Texan and interned for the Austin Chronicle. When she's not reporting, she enjoys spending time outdoors and experimenting in the kitchen.