By Seth Biley
Denton County Public Health reported three additional deaths and 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. All three of the patients were residents of the Denton Rehabilitation Center located in the City of Denton, making these three the first COVID related deaths in the City of Denton itself. The patients were a female resident in her 60s, a female resident in her 80s, and a male resident in his 80’s. Denton County Judge Andy Eads said, “The loss of these three lives is almost beyond words as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in our county. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of their families as they cope with the deaths of their loved ones.” DCPH says that it has been working closely with the Denton Rehabilitation Center since the first COVID-19 cases were identified among residents and one employee. The residents who tested positive for COVID-19 were transported to the hospital for care upon exhibiting symptoms, and the one employee is under self-isolation. “DCPH is taking the unprecedented step of announcing the name of the facility to ensure transparency for the public in light of today’s deaths,” stated Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Denton County Public Health. “We have been communicating with the more than 100 facilities across Denton County to ensure they have the necessary resources for the safety of their residents and staff. The 20 new cases of COVID-19 bring the Denton County total number of cases to 474, with 330 active cases. No new numbers on recoveries have been released since Thursday with the total remaining at 131. For more information see the table below released from DCPH.