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Hopkins County Oct. 21 COVID-19 Update: 42 New Cases, 169 Active Cases

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Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management officials, in the Oct. 21 COVID-19 update, reported 42 new positive COVID-19 cases and 169 active cases — the most active case Hopkins County has had at one time.

Hopkins County Reports

This marks the second time this week a high new case count was reported following a day with no cases. On Monday, 77 new cases were reported. This followed Friday’s report of no new COVID-19 cases and no new recoveries. Unlike Monday, when 61 recoveries were also reported, there were no recoveries reported in the Oct. 21 COVID-19 update from HC/SSEM.

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That’s 222 Hopkins County residents who have received positive COVID-19 results so far this month, more than 100 more cases than last month. There have been 131 recoveries reported so far in October. Of the 583 Hopkins County residents who have tested positive for novel coronavirus 2019 since March, 414 have recovered from the virus, according to the Oct. 21 COVID-19 update.

Ten patients were reported to be in the COVID Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs on Oct. 21, the same as on Oct. 16 and Oct. 19, and one less than on Oct. 20.

Sulphur Springs ISD administrators this week reported 4 staff members and 5 students who have been on their school campus in the last week have tested positive for COVID-19.

Three staff members at Barbara Bush Primary were reported Oct. 19 to have tested positive. On Oct. 21, 1 staff member at Bowie Primary, 3 middle school students and 2 high school students were reported to have tested positive for the virus, according to the notifications sent to staff, students, family and teachers.

An additional 70 COVID-19 tests were performed on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the free testing center at 128-A Jefferson St. So far this month, there have been 1,392 tests performed at the site, including 327 tests in the last 7 days, 547 the previous 7 days and 518 the first week of the month. A total of 1,676 tests have been conducted since the Jefferson Street testing site opened on Sept. 25, according to the HC/SSEM reported in the Oct. 21 COVID-19 update.

Free testing at the site has been extended until Oct. 31. Testing is offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Symptoms and high-risk exposure are not required for molecular testing. Anyone can be tested, including children provided they are accompanied by a parents or guardian. To register for the oral swab test, go online to GoGetTested.com.

Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management Oct. 21 COVID-19 Update

State Reports

Texas Health and Human Services on Oct. 21 reported 7 residents of Carriage House Manor had recovered from COVID-19 as of Oct. 7, increasing the number of resident recoveries to 27 and reducing the active resident case count to 15 residents. Seven employees of Carriage House Manor were reported to still have COVID-19. Cumulatively, the facility has had 39 employees and 57 residents test positive for COVID-19, with 15 resident deaths reported as of Oct. 7.

Sulphur Springs Health and Rehabilitation was reported to still have 2 active employee COVID-19 cases on Oct. 7. Cumulatively, the facility has reported 2 employee cases and 20 resident cases, including 9 residents who have recovered and 2 who died as a result of COVID-19, according to the Oct. 21 HHS nursing facility report.

Four additional staff members and 15 residents of Sunny Springs Nursing & Rehab had tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 7, increasing the active active employee case count to 9 and the active resident case count to 17. The facility also reported two residents had recovered from COVID-19 as of Oct. 7. Since March, 23 residents and 12 employees of Sunny Springs have tested positive for the virus and 2 have recovered, according to the Oct. 21 HHS nursing homes report.

According to the Oct. 21 HHS assisted living facility report, Wesley House reported an employee who had tested positive on Sept. 30 continued to have COVID-19 on Oct. 7. Cumulatively, the facility has reported 5 staff cases and 7 residents who have recovered from COVID-19 since March.

HHS reported no active COVID-19 cases had been reported on Oct. 20 at the 6 licensed child care centers, school-age and before/after school programs in Hopkins County. Cumulatively, there have been 7 employee and 1 student case reported at the local facilities, according to the Oct. 21 HHS report. Sulphur Springs Christian Preschool, His Kids Learning Center, Annekes Preschool, Water Oak Preschool and Little Acorn Preschool have all reported one employee case since March. Little Texans Learning Center reported two employee cases since March. His Kids Learning Center was also reported to have had 1 student case since March.

The COVID-19 fatality count for Hopkins County remained 23 on Oct. 21, according to Texas Department of State Health Services.

Hopkins County COVID-19 case counts reported Oct. 21 by Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Health and Human Services

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Author: Faith Huffman

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