Over the seven reporting days ending Oct. 26, Denton County saw 1,141 new positive cases confirmed by molecular or antigen test. In the prior seven reporting days, the number of new confirmed cases was 995.
Denton County began reporting antigen-test results Oct. 6 in addition to molecular, or PCR, tests. These new tests add to officials' understanding of how the virus has spread throughout the county over the course of the pandemic.
The number of active cases in southeast Denton County have grown in recent days, but no new deaths have been reported over the past week in Lewisville, Flower Mound or Highland Village.
Here is how the cases break down in each of those three cities.
- Lewisville: 333 active cases, 2,112 recovered cases, 16 deaths
- Flower Mound: 172 active cases, 790 recovered cases, 1 death
- Highland Village: 41 active cases, 162 recovered cases, 3 deaths
The numbers of confirmed cases are partly dependent on the number of tests administered, which is why the state tracks positivity rate as one of its key indicators.
The state's weekly positivity rate hit a record high of 24% as of Aug. 11 and has recently come down closer to 7%. The rate is averaged over the previous seven days and calculates the ratio of positive new cases compared with the number of tests conducted.
Gov. Greg Abbott has previously said that a rate of 10% or more is cause for concern. Here is a look at the rate since early April.