Sept. 29 COVID-19 Update: 7 New Cases, 21 Recoveries, Update On Age Percentages

Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management officials reported 7 new COVID-19 cases and 21 recoveries on Sept. 29. A breakdown of Hopkins County COVID-19 cases by age percentages was also provided by the Local Health Authority and the emergency management officials.

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That’s three fewer cases than were reported on Monday, which included any new cases reported to HC/SSEM officials since their report Friday afternoon. That brings the total number of new positive COVID-19 cases reported to 114 in September, with just one day left in the month.

The 21 recoveries reported Tuesday increases the monthly total so far to 84 Hopkins County residents who have recovered from novel coronavirus 2019, and bumps the cumulative total of recoveries since March to 280.

The recoveries also help reduce the active COVID-19 case count among Hopkins County residents from 91 to 77. The cumulative case count since March is 357 COVID-19 cases in Hopkins County.

HC/SSEM officials also reported that there were 16 patients in the COVID-19 Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs, one less than on Sept. 28. The COVID-19 Unit patient count has remained a double digit since Sept. 21. Prior to that, the most patients local officials had reported in that department at CMFH-SS since they began reporting the hospital information in the last few months.

The local emergency management officials reported 70 COVID-19 tests were performed on Monday at the free COVID-19 testing site offered at the County Annex Building. That’s 121 tests conducted since the free tests were offered at the site Friday afternoon, Sept. 25.

COVID-19 Case Counts By Age Percentages

Age ranges of COVID-19 cases among Hopkins County residents as of Sept. 29

Also compiled using information from the Local Health Authority were statistics regarding the ages of Hopkins County COVID-19 patients. This data has been provide once every 2 weeks and is based on cumulative case counts since March.

Adults ages 61 and older have continued to represent the highest percentage of Hopkins County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Overall, 27 percent of all Hopkins County residents who’ve had COVID-19 since March were age 61 years or older, that’s a 5 percent increase over the Sept. 1 and Sept. 14 reports.

The next largest percentage of increase from Sept. 1 to Sept. 29 was in youth ages 11-20. This group comprised 10 percent of the overall COVID-19 cases in Hopkins County on Sept. 1, 12 percent on Sept. 15 and 15 percent on 15 percent on Sept. 29.

The biggest decrease was in patients ages 31-40, declining from 19 percent of the overall residents who’d had COVID-19 on Sept. 1 to 18 percent on Sept. 14 and accounting for only 15 percent of overall COVID-19 patients on Sept. 29.

Hopkins County residents ages 21-30 made up 12 percent of the cumulative number of COVID-19 patients on Sept. 29, down from 14 percent the two previous reporting periods.

Adults ages 41 to 50 continued to represent 13 percent of the overall COVID-19 cases, a decline of only 1 percent from Sept. 1.

Adults ages 51-60 accounted for 13 percent of the COVID-19 cases among Hopkins County residents, a decline of 1 percent in each of the last 2 reporting periods.

Children ages 1-10 accounted for the remaining 5 percent of COVID-19 cases among Hopkins County residents as of Sept. 29. That’s a 1 percent decline from the two previous reporting periods.

HHS Case Counts For Hopkins County

Texas Health and Human Services on Tuesday, Sept. 29, reported there were 15 active employee and 16 active resident COVID-19 cases at Carriage House Manor on Sept. 15. Four employees were also reported to have recovered and one resident of Carriage House Manor Had recovered from COVID-19. Coupled with the three employees of Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab who have long recovered from COVID-19, that makes 22 employees and 16 residents of Sulphur Springs nursing homes who have tested positive for COVID-19 from March-Sept. 15, according to the Sept. 29 HHS nursing home report.

There were no active COVID-19 cases reported on Sept. 15 at Sulphur Springs assisted living facilities, only the 4 employees and 7 residents of Wesley House facilities who have in the past contracted COVID-19, according to the HHS Sept. 29 assisted living facility report.

HHS also showed no active COVID-19 cases among Hopkins County licensed child care centers, school-age programs, and before and after-school programs on Sept. 28. All five facilities in Hopkins County — Little Texans Learning Center, Sulphur Springs Christian Preschool, His Kids Learning Center, Annekes Preschool and Water Oak Preschool — have had at least one employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 since March but recovered. Little Texans has had 2 employees who had COVID-19 but have recovered. His Kids Learning Center is the only program that has reported a student has had and recovered from COVID-19, according to the Sept. 29 HHS child care center report.

Author: Faith Huffman

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