After 12 days, Hopkins County still has only 1 known positive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Hopkins County Hospital District/EMS reported Friday afternoon.
Hopkins County Emergency Management Team received notification of the positive COVID-19 case Tuesday morning, March 24. While others have been tested, either by DSHS or a private lab, HCEMT has received no other confirmation from healthcare provider or DSHS of any additional positive COVID-19 cases in the county.
Based on information gleaned from the majority of healthcare partners in Hopkins County, HCHD/EMS estimates 53 potential cases met testing requirements set by Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and were sent off for definitive testing to a private lab or DSHS lab. That’s up from 31 potential cases HCHD/EMS reported had been identified as meeting criteria and sent for testing as of March 21.
Throughout the state, a total of 1,731 positive cases of COVID-10 had been reported as of 8 p.m. March 26. Overall, 23,666 tests have been sent off 2,886 to public labs and 20,780 to private labs in Texas, DSHS reported at noon Friday, March 27.
Overall, 105 of Texas’ 254 counties had reported confirmation of at least one positive case of COVID-19 as of 8 p.m. March 26. Dallas County at noon March 27 at that time had 367 positive COVID-19 cases, the most of any county in Texas, according to the DSHS COVIC-19 Case Counts report. Next were Harris County 302 cases, Travis 137, Bexar 113 and Tarrant 100 cases.
Texas has reported 23 COVID-19 deaths as well: five in Bexar County; seven in Dallas County; two in Harris County; and one each in Bell, Collin, Comal, Denton, Matagorda, Midland, Oldham, Smith and Tarrant counties.
With number continuing to rise, HCEMT, local, state and national heath and other officials stress the importance of social distancing, proper hand washing, avoiding large groups and none over 10, and notifying a physician by phone is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 so they can make appropriate recommendations for care and treatment.