Hopkins County COVID-19 Testing Update: 301 Negative, 2 Active Cases, 16 Pending

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Of the 301 COVID-19 screenings of Hopkins County residents, eight have been confirmed positive, 279 were negative and 16 test results are still pending, according to the COVID-19 testing update reported May 5 by Hopkins County Hospital District COO and EMS Director Brent Smith. Some areas of Northeast Texas are also still doing better than others, with only nine counties with fewer than 10 cases.

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Hopkins County Stats

Hopkins County received reports from the state of two new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 May 1, bringing the total number of cases confirmed by healthcare providers and Texas Department of State Health Services during the 50 days Brent Smith has been providing a regular updates to 6 cases.

The first 4 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the virus, according to information provided HCHD/EMS and Hopkins County Emergency Management Team. The last of the 4 patients battling COVID-19 was reported April 22 to have recovered, giving Hopkins County 8 days without any active COVID-19 cases, according to officials. The first new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Hopkins County since April 4 were reported the afternoon of May 1. No new cases have been reported in the last 4 days.

COVID-19 TESTING TOTALS AS OF:3/213/273/304/024/064/104/154/204/224/285/5
Total Confirmed Positive Cases01234444446
Total Confirmed Negative TestsNANA16416597115130137174279
Total Pending CasesNANA44322013778316
Total Screenings Sent for Testing3153627689114126141149181301
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Patients who Have Recovered00001123444
COVID-Related Deaths00000000000
Hopkins County COVID-19 estimated testing information, according to Hopkins County Hospital District/EMS reports.

Because Hopkins County continues to have 5 or fewer active cases, the businesses authorized by the Governor to reopen last Friday may continue to do so at 50 percent capacity.

Overall, 301 individuals with Hopkins County addresses have met requirements in place by Texas DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control for testing and have been screened for COVIC-19. That includes the county residents who were among the 80 plus people tested last Thursday during the DSHS mobile test collection hosted at the Civic Center.

In the last six days, 105 additional tests have come back negative for COVID-19, for a total of 279 lab-confirmed negative tests as of the last report on May 5.

Sixteen tests were pending at the 11:30 a.m. May 5 HCHD/EMS reporting time, 13 more than the Aug. 28 report. Overall, 301 potential cases met testing criteria put in place by DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control for screening.

Texas Testing Update

Overall, 216 of Texas’ 254 counties have reported positive cases of COVID-19, which is 9 more counties reporting cases on May 5 than on April 28, according to Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Health and Human Services.


Some areas of Northeast Texas are doing better than others as far as number of cases reported, with only 4 counties in the area reporting fewer overall confirmed cases than Hopkins County.

Delta and Red River Counties as of the 12:15 p.m. DSHS/HHS report on May 15 were the only Northeast Texas counties with only 1 case each. Rains County remained at 2 cases, while Franklin Counties had 1 additional case over the last 6 days, for a total of only 2 cases. Morris County’s count increased from 5 to 9 COVID-19 cases. Camp County added for a total of 7 confirmed cases.

The remaining counties in Northeast Texas’s cases all have more than 10 cases each, some showing small and others significant increases in cases.

Wood County rose from 7 to 11 cases. Marion County bumped up from 9 to 15 cases. Cass County gained 3 cases, for a total of 16 positives. Upshur County rose from 13 to 15 cases, rounding out the counties that rose to double digits over the last 6 days.

COVID-19 fatalities in Texas by county, as reported to Texas DSHS and HHS.

Additional case counties from around NET include Van Zandt County 16, Titus County 21, Fannin County 20 cases, Hunt 52, Lamar County 69 cases, Rockwall County 91, Gregg County 97, Bowie County 79, Kaufman County 96, Smith County 155 and Harrison County 149.

In and around the Metroplex area, Johnson County had 87 cases, Ellis County 176, Collin County 804 cases and Denton County 806. Tarrant and Dallas County have third and second most COVID-19 cases in the state. Tarrant County has cases, Dallas County’s 4,370 case and Harris County 6,967.

Only four other counties across the state have more than 1,000 cases: Travis County 1,816 cases, Bexar County 1,652, Fort Bend County 1,187 and El Paso County and 1,029.

An additional 210 COVID-19 deaths were reported in Texas in the last six days, for a total of 906 fatalities reported to DSHS and HHS, as of the May 5 report.

However, an estimated 5,005 additional Texas patients have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six days, increasing the total number of Texas recoveries to 16,791 as of the May 5 report.

TEXAS Reports (DSHS/HHS)April 10, 2020April 15, 2020April 20, 2020April 22, 2020April 28, 2020May 5, 2020
Total tests115,918151,810190,394216,783300,384427,210
Cases reported11,67115,49219,45821,06926,17133,369
Lab Confirmed COVID-19 Patients Currently In Texas Hospitals1,5321,5381,4111,6781,6821,888
Estimated Number of Patients Recovered1,3663,1505,7067,34111,78616,791
Texas COVID-19 statistics as reported by Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Health and Human Services

Throughout the state, 126,886 additional COVID 19 screenings have been sent for testing over the past six days, up to 427,210 total screenings for Texas as of the 12:15 p.m. DSHS/HHS report on May 5. The increase can be attributed in part to the state efforts to offer additional testing in more areas, including temporary drive-through and mobile test collection sites.

An additional 7,198 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed throughout the state during the past six days. That brings the total of Texas confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to 33,369.

The number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals increased by 600 patients over the last six days to 1,888 in the hospital for COVID-19 as of the May 5 report. Throughout Trauma Service Area F, within which Sulphur Springs is located, 16 COVID-19 patients were reported to be in regional hospitals, two fewer than six days ago, according to the state report.

While the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases remains small, only four confirmed cases during the 50 days, HCHD/EMS remind everyone to continue practicing social distancing and proper hand-washing techniques. Doing so will help keep the Hopkins County positive number low by helping to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 through the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Author: Faith Huffman

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