Hopkins County Aug. 26 COVID-19 Update: 3 New Cases, 45 Active Cases

Hopkins County Emergency Management officials at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 announced they’d received notification of 3 new positive COVID-19 cases in Hopkins County, for a total of 45 active cases. There were no recoveries reported Aug. 26.

Hopkins County COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 26, 2020

That brings the total from Aug. 1-26 to 86 new positive COVID-19 cases and 94 recoveries. The cumulative totals since midMarch for Hopkins County are 238 positive cases and 193 recoveries.

Officials reported three continued to be only one patient in the COVID-19 unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs on Aug. 26, the same as was reported on Aug. 6.

Sulphur Springs Police Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator reported that 201 COVID-19 tests had been conducted at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center during the free testing offered since Thursday evening, Aug. 20. Testing continues to be offered every day except Sunday at the Civic Center. Symptoms are not required for testing. Children may be tested, but must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone can online to GoGetTested.com to register for a free COVID-19 test.

COVID-19 case counts reported by Hopkins County Emergency Management officials

COVID-19 Deaths

Three were no new deaths assigned to Hopkins County by Texas Department of State Health Services on Aug. 26. Previously, DSHS/Health and Human Services reported 5 Hopkins County COVID-19 fatalities: one each on July 17, Aug. 23, Aug. 2, Aug. 4 and Aug. 17.

Deaths are added to the DSHS COVID-19 dashboard based on death certificates sent to the state Vital Statistics office which list COVID-19 as cause of death.

COVID-19 fatalities assigned to Hopkins County by Texas Department of State Health Services

Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities

Texas Health and Human Services Commission reported no active cases in the nursing facilities in Sulphur Springs as of Aug. 12. Of the four facilities listed in Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab in the past reported three employees had tested positive for COVID-19, but those employees had recovered. There have been no nursing home residents in Sulphur Springs who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the state began collecting the data, according to the Aug. 26 HHS nursing home case report.

There were no changes in COVID-19 cases in Sulphur Springs assisted living facilities on Aug. 12, according to the HHSC report. Wesley House has had a cumulative total of 3 employees and 8 patient who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the state began collecting data. Of those, there were still three active employee cases and six active resident cases, and two resident recoveries as of Aug. 12, according to the Aug. 26, HHSC assisted living facility case report.

There had been no deaths from COVID-19 reported as of Aug. 12 for any local nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

Data for nursing and assisted living facilities is typically 2 weeks behind. It is self-reported by facility staff to HHSC, and is then reviewed for data entry and transcription errors. HHSC investigates every assisted living facility that reports a COVID-positive case for compliance with health and safety regulations. Data on any resident after discharge from a facility would not be reflected in the state report, according to HHSC.

Hopkins County nursing home and assisted living case counts

Child Care Centers

Texas Health and Human Services reported no active COVID-19 cases among the four licensed child care centers in Hopkins County as of Aug. 25. Annekes Preschool and Sulphur Springs Christian Preschool have each reported one employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 since midMarch. Little Texans Learning Center has had two employees test positive since March. His Kids Learning Center has had one enrolled student and one employee test positive for COVID-19 since March, according to the Aug. 26 HHSC child care center report.

There have been no COVID-19 deaths reported as of Aug. 25 for any Hopkins County child care centers.

This state report includes only data licensed child care centers, school-age programs, and before or after-school programs had self-reported to Texas Health and Human Services Commission as of Aug. 24.

Hopkins County case counts for licensed child care centers

Author: Faith Huffman

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