Denton County reports COVID-19 plateau; flu season at moderate rate

Public Health Director Dr. Matt Richardson talks about COVID-19, the flu and West Nile virus during a March 29 Denton County Commissioners Court meeting. (Courtesy Denton County)
Public Health Director Dr. Matt Richardson talks about COVID-19, the flu and West Nile virus during a March 29 Denton County Commissioners Court meeting. (Courtesy Denton County)

Public Health Director Dr. Matt Richardson talks about COVID-19, the flu and West Nile virus during a March 29 Denton County Commissioners Court meeting. (Courtesy Denton County)

Denton County COVID-19 cases continue to trend downward, Public Health Director Dr. Matt Richardson said.

Community transmission levels of the virus continue to be low, Richardson said during a March 29 county commissioners meeting. Cases continue to be added to the county case count, but it is still trending downward.

During the second week of February, the county reported about 1,300 new cases, Richardson said. During the week of March 13, that number was 102.

“That's fundamentally different than 1,300 cases,” he said.

It seems case counts have reached a plateau, Richardson said. Each week about 100 cases are reported.


The BA.2 variant continues to gain ground, but it is not having a harsh effect on community levels, Richardson said.

“That's to be celebrated,” he said.

Aside from COVID-19, flu rates in the county have increased, which is unusual, Richardson said. The flu activity is listed as moderate, which is up from a nearly nonexistent flu season last year, he said.

The county will also look at tracking West Nile virus in mosquitoes in April and May. West Nile cases in humans are typically seen in August and September. Positive mosquito pools happen at the beginning of the summer.
By Samantha Douty
Samantha Douty joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2021 as the Lewisville/ Flower Mound/ Highland Village editor. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2018 with a degree in journalism. But her passion for journalism started when she was 16 years old. Before joining Community Impact Newspaper, she reported on education for the Victoria Advocate, a rural South Texas daily newspaper.