Tracking COVID-19: Virus more prevalent in Denton County as hospitalizations rise sharply over holidays

In Denton County, the number of beds occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients has been rising sharply for weeks. (Community Impact staff)
In Denton County, the number of beds occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients has been rising sharply for weeks. (Community Impact staff)

In Denton County, the number of beds occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients has been rising sharply for weeks. (Community Impact staff)

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Denton County has risen by nearly 50% in the past two weeks, reaching nearly double the levels of the county’s previous peak in the summer.

Denton County hospitals were treating 202 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Dec. 27, according to the county’s coronavirus dashboard—up 66 from the 136 hospitalizations recorded Dec. 12.

Patients confirmed to have the virus filled more than 22% of North Texas hospital beds as of Dec. 27, a number that puts the region well above the threshold designated by Gov. Greg Abbott that mandates tighter restrictions on business activity.

The hospitalizations coincide with rising case counts that, despite irregular testing around the holidays, show that there are more known active cases throughout the county than have been seen at any other point of the pandemic.

More than 12,000 people in Denton County were known to have the virus over the weekend, or one in every 74 residents, county data shows.


Thousands of these cases were in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village. Here is the breakdown for each city.

Lewisville: 1,737 active cases, 3,267 recovered, 26 deaths

Flower Mound: 1,036 active cases, 1,608 recovered, three deaths

Highland Village: 223 active cases, 352 recovered, five deaths

Explore the trend of rising hospitalizations in the interactive chart below.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village. 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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