Denton County Announces First Coronavirus Death, 13 New Cases

NewsRadio 1080 KRLD
March 26, 2020 - 3:30 pm

DALLAS (KRLD) - A Lewisville man in his 40's became the first Denton County resident to die due to the coronavirus.

“Today, as we announce the first death related to COVID-19, we want to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the individual. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “I also want to firmly reiterate the importance of heeding the mandatory stay-at-home order Denton County issued this week. We need everyone to heed these orders and stay home. This virus spreads easily and can lead to severe symptoms and death,” he said.

Denton County is currently under a Disaster Declaration of Public Health Emergency closing all non-essential businesses and limiting all travel to essential trips only, as mandated by Judge Eads.

“We are saddened by this tragic loss but know the worst is yet to come in Denton County as we deal with this highly contagious disease,” Judge Eads said. “We must work collectively to limit the spread of COVID-19. We simply cannot allow this disease to spread to the point of pushing our hospitals beyond their capabilities to cope.”

“We must all take this seriously,” he said. “It is a matter of life and death.”

In addition to that man's death,  Eads announced 13 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the county, bringing the total to 83. 

Officials also say they are working to continue to add testing sites across the county.