Judge Andy Eads becomes second Denton County elected official to test positive for COVID-19

Denton County Commissioners Court on Oct. 13 met virtually after learning one of its members tested positive for COVID-19. (Community Impact Staff)
Denton County Commissioners Court on Oct. 13 met virtually after learning one of its members tested positive for COVID-19. (Community Impact Staff)

Denton County Commissioners Court on Oct. 13 met virtually after learning one of its members tested positive for COVID-19. (Community Impact Staff)

Denton County's top elected official has tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after the county announced another commissioner's confirmed infection.

County Judge Andy Eads had been in quarantine since Monday, when he was informed that he had possibly been exposed to the novel coronavirus, the county said in an Oct. 15 statement. Bobbie Mitchell, who is running for re-election to the Denton County Commissioners Court, had earlier tested positive for COVID-19.

“I want everyone to know that I feel good and will continue to work at home while I recover,” Eads said in the statement.

Since Monday, Eads has only been near members of his household, the county said.

The pandemic has disrupted the ongoing elections in a number of ways.


A polling site at a Lewisville recreation center had to be closed Oct. 15 after county election officials learned one of the poll workers tested positive for the disease, the county said.

The Fred Herring Recreation Center is expected to reopen 7 a.m. Oct. 16 after sanitation efforts have been completed. Voting at the site will continue with a different group of poll workers, the county said.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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