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County reports deaths of 2 elderly COVID-19 patients

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Public health authorities received reports today of the deaths of two elderly women with underlying health conditions and COVID-19. A 98-year-old woman from Plano died this morning at the Life Care Center of Plano, and an 82-year-old woman from Richardson died May 3 at a hospital in Plano. The Richardson woman’s death was not reported to county officials until today. Out of respect for their families, no further personal information is being released.

Collin County Health Care Services (CCHCS) has had 1,132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Collin County residents. As of today, 786 of those individuals have recovered, and 19 are hospitalized. These are the thirty-second and thirty-third deaths reported to CCHCS of COVID-19 patients in the county.

Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days and up to 14 days after exposure. Additionally, some patients have experienced more severe symptoms and health complications. Should individuals experience more severe symptoms, CCHCS encourages individuals to call their health care provider or emergency department prior to arrival to limit exposure.