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DSHS School COVID-19 Case Counts: 18 New Cases At Hopkins County Schools

Hopkins County school districts have reported 146 cases of COVID-19 during the last 4 weeks, according to the weekly school COVID-19 report compiled by Texas Department of State Health Services and posted Oct. 22.

New COVID-19 cases reported in Texas public school Oct. 12-18, 2020 (DSHS graphic)

Cases in the weekly DSHS reports are defined as “any staff member or student who participates in any on-campus activity that is test-confirmed COVID-19 of which a public school is notified.” Updates for the previous Monday-Sunday are scheduled to be reported weekly by 5 p.m. on Thursdays. No data was provided for some districts over the last week, and Miller Grove ISD is listed as not having reported any data at all to DSHS regarding COVID-19 cases at the school.

Across the state, the number of new COVID-19 cases in students and staff at public schools declined last week. A total of 2,425 students and 1,417 staff of public schools received positive COVID-19 tests results from Oct. 12-18, compared to 2,497 student and 1,487 staff cases reported one week before at Texas public schools.

The total number of new cases for all Hopkins County school districts was also the smallest number so far this month. Overall, 21 new cases (students and staff at the 6 Hopkins County public school districts reporting information) were reported from Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 29 new cases from Oct. 5-11, and 18 new cases from Oct. 12-18, according to the Oct. 22 DSHS data.

The data also shows the source of virus infection was unknown in most COVID-19 cases at Hopkins County schools.

Como-Pickton CISD

After at least 3 weeks with no new cases, Como-Pickton CISD during the week of Oct. 12-18 reported 2 elementary students in grades 4-5 and 2 staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The source of infection was reported to be on-campus for one case and off-campus for the 3 other cases.

That increases CPCISD’s cumulative case count to 4 students in grades 4-6, 19 students in grades 7-12 and 5 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 27, according to the data reported by school administrators to DSHS

Cumby ISD

Cumby ISD went a week, Oct. 5-11, without any COVID-19 infection reports. Last week, however, 2 secondary students tested positive for COVID-19; the source of infection for both cases was unknown, according the Oct. 22 DSHS report.

That makes 8 secondary students and 5 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 24; of those, the source of infection for three was reported to be on-campus, 4 off-campus and 8 unknown.

Sources of COVID-19 infection in Hopkins County schools as reported to Texas Department of State Health Services (No information available for MGISD)

North Hopkins ISD

No new COVID-19 case data was reported Oct. 11-18 for North Hopkins ISD.

Cumulatively, the district has had 2 students in grades 4-6, 6 secondary students and five staff cases since July 24. Of those, the source of infection for one case was reported to be off-campus and the source for the other 12 cases was unknown.

District officials post notification of new COVID-19 cases on the district website.

Saltillo ISD

Saltillo ISD also reported no COVID-19 cases from Oct. 11-18, according to DSHS.

Cumulatively, since July 24, the district has reported 1 early elementary students, 1 secondary student and 1 staff member have had COVID-19. The source of infection was reported to be on-campus for 2 cases and off-campus for the other.

The district posts notification of new cases on the district website.

Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 case totals (students and staff) for Hopkins County schools

Sulphur Bluff ISD

No new case data was provided by Sulphur Bluff ISD for the week of Oct. 11-18, according to the DSHS report.

Cumulatively, SBISD was last reported to have received confirmation of 1 early elementary students (early childhood classes through grade 3), 2 students in grades 4-6, 3 secondary students and 1 staff member testing positive for COVID-19 since school started.

Of those cases, the source of infection on one case was reported to be on-campus, another off-campus and the source of infection for the remaining 5 cases was unknown.

Sulphur Springs ISD

Five secondary students and 6 staff members of Sulphur Springs ISD tested positive for COVID-19 between Oct. 11-18. The source of infection for all 11 new cases was unknown, according to the DSHS data.

Cumulatively SSISD reported 4 students in grade 3 or younger, 2 students in grades 4-6, 40 secondary students and 34 staff members have tested positive for COVID-9. Of those, the source of infections was reported to be off-campus for one case and the source of the rest was unknown, according to the DSHS data.

COVID-19 Cases Counts at Hopkins County public schools, according to DSHS data

Author: Faith Huffman

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