The second known COVID-19 death was reported to the Fannin County Health Authority by the Texas Department of State Health Services on Friday

A statement from Fannin County Health Authority James E. Froelich said the deceased is a 76-year-old Trenton man whose case was first reported on April 30th and his death date reported last Monday (May 11).

As with the previous DSHS COVID-19 fatality reports, minimal information was contained in the notification. Of the two deaths in Fannin County residents, both are male; one was 77 years old, the other was was 76. Froelich said his office had earlier reported that a 76-year-old female survived the virus and returned home but she continues to require oxygen.

As of Saturday DSHS reports that there have been about 500 tests collected and completed in Fannin County; however that number may be closer to 600. Froelich said the reason for the discrepancy is multi-fold including tests performed outside of the county on Fannin residents, tests not reported to the state and a lag in overall reporting from a very meticulous DSHS epidemiology team.

Known specimen collection (“tests”) for acute infections in the county include at least the more than 200 collections by local physicians on their private patients, two drive-through collection events (sponsored by the State and administered by Texas State Guard) that included a total of 59 tests performed on private citizens (ostly from Fannin County), 36 state conducted tests on employees and residents of Seven Oaks Nursing Home, another large number of tests were collected at Clyde Cosper State Veteran’s Home, and 164 tests were done by DSHS in early May on the V.A. Nursing Home population.

Froelich said the V.A. tested several employees over the past month and last week. Targeted testing was done at the Fannin County Jail after an inmate was found to have COVID-19 and testing at both the Buster Cole State Prison and the Choice Moore State Prison have been ongoing. He said an unknown number of tests have been collected through TMC-Bonham lab and E.R. and a large (and difficult to estimate) number of tests have been collected from Fannin County citizens who had testing done by doctors outside of the county.

"All-in-all this means that a large number of tests done on our county’s population have discovered 29 laboratory-confirmed infections that resulted in 2 deaths so far. Considering that our county borders one of the counties with highest infection rates in the state (Collin) and is 60 miles from the true epicenter of COVID-19 in Texas (Dallas-Ft. Worth), we are weathering the deadly Coronavirus storm exceedingly well," Froelich said.