Virus testing

A laboratory technician prepares COVID-19 patient samples for semi-automatic testing at Northwell Health Labs in March in Lake Success, N.Y.

For the fifth time this month, Denton County on Thursday broke its record for the largest single-day increase in people confirmed to have the virus that causes COVID-19.

Denton County Public Health confirmed another 336 county residents had tested positive for the virus, which surpassed the record set Monday by one person.

Monday’s announcement differed in that it included people who had tested positive by Sunday afternoon. DCPH stopped making daily announcements on Sundays earlier in the pandemic due to historically lower numbers on those days.

The record set in mid-July had held until Nov. 2, so it is not common for records to be broken this routinely.

Fifty-five of the newly infected residents included in Thursday’s announcement live in Denton, and five of those people are Denton State Supported Living Center residents.

Fifty-three of them live in unincorporated Denton County, and another 53 live in Lewisville.

As of Thursday, 20,739 county residents had tested positive for the virus, of whom 4,269 were estimated to still be infected. Thursday’s announcement marked the 13th time this month the county had broken its record for the number of people concurrently infected.

The record set on Aug. 1 had held until Nov. 3.

Only 13 intensive care unit beds were available in Denton County on Thursday, according to DCPH, meaning 82.7% of beds were occupied. Thirty-seven of the full beds were occupied by people suffering from something other than COVID-19.

DCPH once again updated its voluntary, public-facing dashboard of virus cases in schools to reflect an additional student had tested positive by Monday night, raising that day’s total to 24 infected students.

Public school officials Wednesday reported an additional 16 students and eight staffers had tested positive for the virus, according to the county dashboard. They attend or work at the following campuses:

Denton ISD

One student at Denton High

One student and one staffer at Strickland Middle

Four students at McMath Middle

One student at Crownover Middle

Four students at Guyer High

One staffer at Ryan High

One staffer at McNair Elementary

One staffer at Navo Middle

One staffer at Borman Elementary

One staffer at Evers Park Elementary

Argyle ISD

Two students at Argyle High

Lake Dallas ISD

One student at Corinth Elementary

One staffer at Lake Dallas Elementary

Ponder ISD

One student at Ponder High

One student at Ponder Junior High

Sanger ISD

One staffer at Butterfield Elementary

MARSHALL REID can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @MarshallKReid.

Confirmed virus cases in Denton County as of Nov. 19

Location Total cases Case increase Total deaths
Denton County 20,739 336 146
Argyle 91 1
Aubrey 123 2 1
Bartonville 49 1
Carrollton 2,095 29 18
Celina 33 0
Coppell 13 0
The Colony 1,302 9 8
Copper Canyon 29 0
Corinth 495 11 2
Cross Roads 31 0 1
Dallas 374 4 6
Denton 3,766 50 43
DSSLC 168 5 2
DISH 2 1
Double Oak 57 1
Flower Mound 1,267 22 1
Fort Worth 307 6
Frisco 1,205 22 16
Hackberry 3 0
Hebron 30 2
Hickory Creek 113 1
Highland Village 272 7 4
Justin 110 8
Krugerville 26 2 1
Krum 141 3
Lake Dallas 209 3
Lakewood Village 9 0
Lewisville 3,109 53 19
Little Elm 1,079 18 6
Northlake 94 0 1
Oak Point 89 0
Pilot Point 168 2 1
Plano 47 0
Ponder 37 0
Prosper 80 0 1
Providence Village 123 2
Roanoke 204 4 1
Sanger 235 10
Shady Shores 57 1 1
Southlake 14 0
Trophy Club 249 3
Unincorporated 2,834 53 13

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