Denton County health officials reported an increase in recorded COVID-19 cases.

“Cases are inching up,” said Dr. Matt Richardson, Denton County Public Health Department director, during a July 19 Denton County Commissioners Court meeting.

COVID-19 and testing has changed, Richardson said. More COVID-19 tests are being done at home and may not be reported to the health department.

The county had 5,137 active COVID-19 cases, as of July 19.

“This is what we know,” Richardson said. “We don’t know what we don’t know.”

The BA.4 and BA.5 variants are the most prominent in cases, Richardson said. These are the latest subvariants of the COVID-19 omicron variant.

“They are incredibly transmissible,” he said.

Though the subvariants spread more quickly, Denton County has seen a decrease in hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19, Richardson said.

“That is really good news,” he said. “It’s very different than when it was at its worst.”