September 28 Collin County Update: As you are aware, the Collin County and DSHS COVID-19 dashboards currently reflect COVID-19 cases that occurred from June 1st (when DSHS took over case investigations) to the present. Our team has been working with DSHS for the last several weeks to find a solution to include the 1300 cases from before this date on the dashboard. DSHS plans to implement an update over the weekend that will result in these old cases being included in the counts again, which will cause the numbers to rise abruptly. This will not impact death or hospitalization data
September 17 Update: Governor Abbott held a press conference to provide an update on the state’s ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19. During the press conference, the Governor issued Executive Order GA-30 expanding occupancy levels for restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries, and Executive Order GA-31 re-authorizing elective surgeries for a majority of the state of Texas. The Governor also announced new guidance related to visitations at nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the state. Read the press release here.
The data found on the Town website and social media channels is the most accurate data available from county and state public health authorities, and the Town uses that information to make data-driven decisions on operations and in our communication efforts. Our primary goal is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by keeping the community informed, and encouraging everyone to follow safe practices.
Cases reported here are confirmed lab-tested and certified positive cases as reported by the Texas Departments of State Health Services (DSHS), and then confirmed by county health department officials.
Additional statistics, such as hospitalization, testing, and demographic data, are available on the Collin and Denton County Public Health websites:
The Town of Prosper analyzes data from multiple sources in an effort to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the community. Reporting methods from state and county authorities have changed over the course of the pandemic, and periodic data cleanups can cause an adjustment in reported cases from time to time.
In addition to Confirmed, Active, Recovered Cases, and Deaths, the Town believes the number of COVID-19 Hospitalized Patients is an important indicator of the severity of the pandemic. Going forward, we will report regional and county hospitalization data from the state’s Trauma Service Area-E (TSA-E), a 19-county area that encompasses the DFW Metroplex, as well as Collin and Denton County hospitalization data.
July 23 Update: Collin County Public Health announced that they will adjust two reporting categories for COVID-19 starting today, identifying and marking duplicates and out-of-county cases that were previously reported on their dashboard. The adjustment will result in a count decrease in total, recovered, and active cases reported out today. No cases will be deleted, only corrected on the public download spreadsheet as “transfer” or “duplicate.” Collin County only reports cases confirmed by a positive lab report. None of the categories mentioned above include so‐called “probable” cases.
As of June 1, 2020, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) began handling all COVID-19 and contact tracing activities for Collin County. Most of the data presented on the Collin County Dashboard comes directly from DSHS’ Texas Health Trace system – not Collin County’s public health department:
Collin County Dashboard
Denton County will continue to post information on their website located here:
Denton County Dashboard
The Town of Prosper is working to assist local families and businesses through the We Prosper Together campaign. Click the link to find out how you can help.
Residents are encouraged to stay home, continue social distancing and other preventive measures that can have a significant impact on slowing the spread of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
For a list of the Town’s current closures and program cancellations, and for more information and resources about COVID-19, please visit prospertx.gov/coronavirus
Prosper Emergency Management personnel are in constant contact with Collin County Health Care Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, as well as the CDC in order to monitor the daily local and regional impact, and will immediately share any new information with the Town of Prosper, its residents, and the Prosper Independent School District. Questions may be directed to Prosper Fire Rescue Division Chief Bill Bonny at (972) 347-2424 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public is encouraged to practice preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
– Stay home when you are sick.
– Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.