Updated: Thu 7:45 PM, May 21, 2020

HOWE, Tex. (KXII) – The Grayson County Health Department reported its second COVID-19 related death Thursday evening.

Grayson County Health Department Director Amanda Ortez says the patient was a 60-year-old man from Howe who passed away at a hospital Thursday morning.

The county reported its first COVID-19 related death, a man from Denison, on Tuesday.

The health department also confirmed seven new positive cases in the county, bringing the total to 275. Five of the patients are isolating at home, one is in the hospital, and one is the deceased.

The new patients are in their 20s, 30s and 60s. Two are from Sherman, one is from Denison, one is from Collinsville, one is from Gordonville, one is from Howe and one is from Van Alstyne.

“Five of the new confirmed cases have had close contact with another confirmed case,” Ortez said. “Two had no known exposure to any confirmed case or recent history of travel.”

As of Thursday evening, 88 patients in Grayson County have recovered and seven are hospitalized. Health officials say 178 patients remain in home isolation.

As of 7 p.m. Thursday, there are 19 COVID-19 related deaths and 589 positive cases in Texoma.

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