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Hopkins County Oct. 20 COVID-19 Update: 2 Additional Nursing Home Deaths Reported

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Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management officials in the Hopkins County Oct. 20 COVID-19 update reported no new positive COVID-19 results were reported, great news following a report of 77 new cases on Monday. However, Texas Health and Human Services reported 2 deaths as of Oct. 6 were residents of a local nursing home.

HC/SSEM Reports

No new patient recoveries were reported on Oct. 20 either, so the active case count continues to be 127, according to the Hopkins County Oct. 20 COVID-19 update. The cumulative case count of Hopkins County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since March remains 541, with 414 of those Hopkins County residents recovering from the virus.

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The number of patients in the COVID-19 unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs increased to 11 on Tuesday, one more than HC/SSEM officials reported was in the COVID-19 unit on both Monday and Friday. That’s the most patients the unit has housed this month, HC/SSEM noted in the Oct. 20 COVID-19 update.

An additional 127 COVID-19 tests were performed at the free COVID-19 testing site at 128-A Jefferson St. That makes 1,322 COVID-19 tests conducted at the site so far this month. Since the site first opened on Sept. 25, a total of 1,606 tests have been performed, the HC/SSEM officials reported.

Free testing is offered at the site starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until around 6 p.m. Mondays-Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 31. Anyone can be tested. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online at The Sulphur Springs location can be found by scrolling down. Register by clicking the green BOOK Now button and follow the links.

State Reports

Texas Health and Human Services’ Oct. 20 nursing facility report showed 2 additional residents of Carriage House Manor had died as a result of COVID-as of Oct. 6. That makes 15 residents who died from COVID-19 at the facility.

Carriage House Manor on Oct. 6 was reported to have 7 active employee cases and 22 active resident cases. Overall, 39 employees and 57 residents of CHM have tested positive for COVID-19 since March.

One resident of Sulphur Springs Health and Rehabilitation was reported to have recovered from the virus on Oct. 6. Two active employee cases were also reported for the facility. Cumulatively, SSH&R has had 2 employees cases and 12 resident cases, including 2 residents who died as a result of COVID-19, according to the Oct. 20 HHS report.

Sunny Springs Nursing & Rehab continued to have 5 active staff and 4 active resident cases on Oct. 6. Cumulatively, the facility has had 8 staff cases and 8 resident cases since March, according to the Oct. 20 HHS nursing facility report.

According to the Oct. 20 HHS assisted living facility report, Wesley House reported an employee who had tested positive on Sept. 30 continued to have COVID-19 on Oct. 6. That increases the facility’s total to 5 staff cases and 7 residents who have recovered from COVID-19 since March.

Three were no active cases among students or staff reported by the Hopkins County licensed child care, school-age or before/after school programs on Oct. 19.

Texas Department of State Health Services reports showed no additional deaths were assigned to Hopkins County on Oct. 20, so the overall fatality total for Hopkins County remains 23.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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