DENTON, Texas – Denton County Public Health officials say infections in the COVID-19 region tend to go in the wrong direction after jumping by more than 2,000 cases in two weeks.
Public health officials also claim that the rate of positive cases in Denton County has more than doubled in recent weeks.
District health officials say the district̵7;s positivity rate has jumped from about 11 percent to 23 percent in the past three weeks, returning positively, even though the county performed fewer tests last week.
Public health officials say the figures are raising concerns about the holidays and schools preparing for the autumn.
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Matt Richardson informed district commissioners on Tuesday morning of the current reality they were facing, with an increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
“More than 2,000 cases in two weeks and 30% of the total number of confirmed cases occurred in a two-week period. That’s a huge leap, “said Dr. Richardson. “So for every 100 cases, almost one in four, about 23.5 percent, is positive. This indicates a lot of disease transmission and shows us that these cases are now revealing more cases at worst. We are concerned that the case will bring more cases. “
Regional health officials say the new cases come from a variety of sources, suggesting that people do not have to wear masks or keep a safe distance from others.
“Unfortunately, the results of the monitoring are everywhere and a lot of contact with the household,” said Dr. Richardson. “This remains one of our largest point sources of transmission. Some business contacts and in some contacts that are only a local transmission, it is not possible to determine exactly where someone has been exposed. “
After consulting with the Attorney General’s Office, Denton County has determined that local public health officials are not authorized to order school campuses to remain closed.
Instead, district health officials only recommended that school districts delay classes until September 8, based on new data.
Some districts, such as Lewisville ISD, have already announced that they will start practically in August and are open for personal training until September.
Public health officials say they hope the delay will give schools more time to implement safety protocols.
“Teacher to teacher. Student to teacher. Teacher to student. All this remains an option, “said Dr. Richardson. “And with these other cases and the additional positivity, we tend to see so much risk.”
Denton County Public Health officials also claim that COVID-19 cases in the 0-19 age group jumped from 14 to 165 years from Memorial Day. Part of the concern is that even if their virus does not appear to be affected by such a virus, they can spread it to others at home or in the community.
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