Hopkins County COVID-19 Testing Update: 958 Tests, 648 Negative, 270 Pending

4 More Counties, 65 Additional Nursing Homes and 13 More Assisted Living Facilities Across Texas Reported First COVID-19 Cases Last Week

Over the last week 13 additional confirmed new COVID-19 cases and two recoveries were reported in Hopkins County over the last week. Only 34 new screenings were conducted during that time, leaving 270 test results pending as of 10 a.m. June 10, according to the weekly Hopkins County COVID-19 testing update provided June 3 by Hopkins County Hospital District COO/EMS Director Brent Smith.

Hopkins County COVID-19 Testing

Texas counties, Hopkins County in red

For the second week in a row, Hopkins County reported a record number of cases per week. Previously, the most cases reported in a single week was 6 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 3. The 10 cases reported Monday also was the most posted in Hopkins County since the pandemic began in midMarch. That bring the total since midMarch to 40 COVID-19 cases.

While 13 new cases of COVID-19 were reported over the last week, the county received no additional negative results, according to the testing update provided by Smith on June 10.

Results for all except 1 local nursing home were reported to be accounted for as were all results from the last mobile testing conducted at the Civic Center, Hopkins County Emergency Management officials reported Monday night.

“Some private businesses and health facilities have used private organizations to screen their workers, those numbers are not represented in this press release as they are not required to report the information to the Hospital District. Their information is only reported to Texas Department of State Health Services (TX-DSHS),” Smith noted in the June 3 Covid-19 testing update.

Testing increased from 181 total screenings sent for testing as of April 28, to 301 tests as of May 5, 346 tests as of May 12, 509 tests as of May 22, 893 tests sent for testing as of May 27, 924 tests on June 3 conducted for Hopkins County residents as of June 3. With the 34 new screenings sent for testing over the last week, the total number of COVID-19 tests for Hopkins County as of 10 a.m. June 3, 2020 was 958.

The number of COVID-19 patients who have been confirmed as recovered from the virus rose to 8 total Hopkins County residents who have recovered from COVID-19, according to the June 10 report from Smith and reports given this week from Hopkins County Emergency Management officials. The June 9 DSHS/HHS report which only included 39 of Hopkins County’s 40 cases, however, showed 15 Hopkins County residents as having recovered from COVID-19. The DSHS/HHS report features counts as of the 8 p.m. the day before.

As of the June 10 reporting, Hopkins County had no confirmed coronavirus related deaths, according to the report and Hopkins County emergency management officials.

Hopkins County continues to have only 648 lab-confirmed negative tests for residents as of the June 11 HCHD/EMS testing report.

As of 10 a.m. June 3, 270 test results were still pending, 21 more than on June and the most pending results at one time since HCHD/EMS began providing testing updates 87 days ago. Overall, 958 individual tests of individuals who reside in Hopkins County who met criteria put in place by DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control for screening, according to the June 11 Hopkins County COVID-19 Testing Update provided by Smith.

Northeast Texas

While the numbers in Hopkins County have increased significantly since May 1, the overall total of 40 COVID-19 cases in Hopkins County as of June 10 is still significantly lower than those of several other counties in the Northeast Texas area. Depending on the type of health authority or district in each county, the numbers from local and regional sources may vary from those state reports.

Only 7 counties in Northeast Texas had fewer cases of COVID-19 than Hopkins County, and one county matched Hopkins in total case counts, according to Texas Department of State Health Services/Health and Human Services reports.

June 10, 2020 DSHS/HHS chart of active COVID-19 cases by county

Both Hopkins and Van Zandt Counties have 40 COVID-19 cases (according to the June 9 DSHS/HHS report). While Hopkins County has 8 recoveries (15 according to the state report), 23 Van Zandt County residents have recovered from COVID-19. Van Zandt, however, has had 1 fatality, according to the DSHS report

Delta County continues to have only 2 cases, with 1 recovery and no fatalities since March, according to the DSHS June 9 report.

Rains County, according to DSHS, continues to have only 4 total cases, and one additional person recovered over the last week from COVID-19, for a total of 3 individuals who have recovered. DSHS shows no COVID-19 fatalities in Rains County.

Franklin now has 22 cases, 5 more than last week, including 10 recoveries and 1 death, as of the June 9 DSHS report.

Additional Northeast Texas Counties with fewer COVID-19 cases than Hopkins County include Cass, Marion, Morris and Upshire counties.

Of the 558 cases of COVID-19 DSHS reports for Titus County, 99 additional people have recovered, for a total of 205 recoveries. The June 9 report shows still only two Titus County residents diagnosed with coronavirus had died as of the 3:50 p.m. June 9 DSHS/HHS report.

Wood County has also surpassed Hopkins County with a total of 51 cases of COVID-19 since March, an increase of 11 cases over the last week. Of those cases, 20 people have recovered and 4 people died as a result of COVID-19.

Hunt County had 121 cases as of the June 9 DSHS/HHS report, including 54 people who have recovered and 5 fatalities.

Lamar County reported 156 COVID-19 patients, including 115 recoveries and 11 fatalities.

Collin County has a whopping total of 1,528 COVID-19 cases, with 1,058 recovered and 37 fatalities.

Texas Testing

Across the state, 4 additional counties reported their first cases of COVID-19 over the last week for a total of 236 of the 254 counties across the state reporting confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, according to Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19.

Overall,1,302,049 total tests had been conducted in Texas as of June 9, that 151,181 more tests over the last week. Of those, 138,784 antibody tests had been conducted, according to the June 9 state report. Texas as a whole has had 77,253 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 20,693 cases over the last week.

Of those patients, 5,282 additional Texans have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total to 51,140. Unfortunately, an additional 119 Texans with COVID-19 died between June 3 and June 9, for a total of 1,853 deaths, according to DSHS.

Overall, that leaves an estimated 24,260 active COVID-19 cases in Texas, 3,581 more than were reported in the June 3 report.

Texas Hospitals

Texas Trauma Service Area By Region (DSHS/HHS)

Of the total 24,260 active COVID-19 cases across the state, 2,153 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were in Texas hospitals, 666 less than on June 2, according to the June 9 DSHS/HHS data.

In Trauma Service Area F, which includes Hopkins County, the number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients in the hospital doubled from 18 to 32 from the June 2 to June 9DSHS/HHS reporting period. That leaves 763 hospital beds, 99 ICU beds and 85 (5 fewer than 1 week ago) ventilators available for use in Region F. Across the state, that leaves 13,645 regular hospital beds (1,303 fewer than June 2), 1,508 ICU beds (1,303 fewer) and 5,934 ventilators (155 more than 1 week ago) available for use, according to the DSHS data.

Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities

Across the state, 4,484 nursing home residents have been confirmed to have COVID-19 since DSHS started tracking the data; that’s 371 more than 1 week ago. There have been 757 patient fatalities, 65 of those in the last week. The number of Texas nursing home residents who have recovered from COVID-19 rose from 1,284 recoveries as of the June 3 report to 1,739 in 506 nursing homes with confirmed patient or staff COVID-19 cases on June 10. That’s an increase of 65 nursing homes reporting COVID-19 among patients and/or staff over the last week, according to DSHS.

DSHS reports COVID-19 nursing home data by region. Hopkins County is located within Texas Public Health Region 4/5N which spans west from Bowie County and Newton Counties to Lamar County and San Jacinto Counties.

Overall, in Region 4/5N, 56 nursing homes have had residents or staff who tested positive for COVID-19, 6 more than last week. As of the June 9 report, 521 Region 4/5N nursing home residents were confirmed to have COVID-19, 88 more than 1 week ago. The number of nursing home patients who have recovered from COVID-19 rose from 137 last week to 175 this week. Region 4/5N also reported 91 fatalities, 10 more this week than last, according to DSHS “COVID-19 Outbreaks in Long-term Care Facilities” report.

Across Texas, 148 assisted living facilities have confirmed staff or resident cases of COVID-19, 13 more than just one week ago. Confirmed to have COVID-19 as of this week were 545 residents of assisted living facilities, 54 more than reported in the June 3 DSHS report. Thirteen additional assisted living facility residents had recovered over the last week, for a total of 242 assisted living facility patients across the state who have recovered from COVID-19. Unfortunately 9 additional residents of these facilities died over the last week, for a total of 121 fatalities in assisted living facilities in Texas since the state began reporting this data.

In Public Health Region 4/5N, no changes were reoprted over the last week; there continued to be 7 assisted living facilities with patients or staff confirmed to have COVID-19 remained, 17 patients who were confirmed to have COVID-19, 11 recovered patients and 5 fatalities, according to the DSHS data.

Author: KSST Contributor

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