Denton County explains health department processes to area community officials

Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Denton County Public Health (DCPH), and Denton County Judge Andy Eads met with community officials within the county on Monday to provide an overview of health department processes as well as inform them on the latest information regarding COVID-19.

“As of today, we have no active COVID-19 infections that have been reported in Denton County,” Dr. Richardson said.

Denton County Judge Andy Eads invited town officials to meet with Dr. Richardson after receiving several calls concerning how the county health department works with communities.  

“This was simply an informational meeting designed to meet with one or two representatives from each of our 40 communities to help them understand how our health department works as well as provide the latest information about COVID-19,” Judge Eads said. “We are committed to also keeping the public informed.”

As COVID-19 infections continue to occur globally, Denton County officials are continuing to monitor the situation locally, following routine protocols according to nationally-recognized standards.

“Denton County is doing everything we can here locally to follow all the best practices across America,” Judge Eads said.

The public will be notified if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 in Denton County. Specific information about any individual who has tested positive will not be released.

“We have a number of plans to ensure transparency but also protect the privacy of individuals impacted by more than 80 different type of diseases we track every day,” Dr. Richardson said.

The overview outlined Project Public Health Ready, an 18-month program that provides local health departments the structure to build training and preparedness capacities using a continuous quality improvement model. Denton County is one of seven in Texas to be certified in the program and is ranked No. 2 in the state for county health rankings.  

In addition, Dr. Richardson discussed the organizational structure of the department, which has the mission to promote sustainable community health through exceptional education, compassionate care and quality service.

Denton County Public Health educates and trains area health providers to ensure they have the latest available information, sending regular updates. DCPH also trains more than 700 volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corps, who would assist if needed.

“It’s not just about your health department, it’s about public health providers, hospitals, employers, schools and other public entities throughout Denton County,” Dr. Richardson said.

With the situation constantly evolving and with the ongoing influenza season, it is important for everyone to take precautionary measures to protect you and your family’s health, Dr. Richardson told area community representatives.

High influenza activity continues to be reported in Denton County. DCPH recommends all individuals who have not obtained a flu vaccine to please visit their local physician or obtain one at a local pharmacy.

DCPH continues to encourage everyone to:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay at home if you’re sick

Information about COVID-19 and influenza are available on the Denton County Public Health website at www.DentonCounty.gov/health.