One of the patients was a male resident of Denton in his 70s and one was a male resident of The Colony in his 60s. The other patient was a female resident of unincorporated Denton County in her 70s.
“So far, the majority of reported deaths in Denton County have not been current residents of long-term care facilities, highlighting the universal risk of local transmission and potentially fatal outcomes,” said Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Denton County Public Health, in a statement.
Denton County Judge Andy Eads urged residents to continue to exercise caution as businesses slowly begin reopening.
“Learning of three deaths today from COVID-19 is beyond words,” Eads said in a statement. “We ask that you keep all of these families in your thoughts and prayers. It is extremely important, as businesses reopen and we begin to venture out more often, that we take every precaution possible to keep ourselves, our families, our friends and others whose paths we cross as safe as possible.”
Officials also announced that an additional 27 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed locally, bringing the county’s total to 1,016 cases.
So far, 540 residents who were diagnosed with the virus have since recovered and 448 cases remain active.
Forty-three Flower Mound residents, 13 Highland Village residents and 135 Lewisville residents have tested positive for the virus.
Denton County Public Health will open a new pop up center for drive-thru coronavirus testing May 15 at Braswell High School. Testing will be available at the site, which is located at 26750 E. University Dr., Aubrey, from 8 a.m. to noon.
To be eligible, a resident must have experienced coronavirus symptoms in the past week. These symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, loss of taste or smell, headache and more. Registration must be completed by calling 940-349-2585.