The COVID-19 case counts in Hopkins County continued to rise on Thursday, with 3 more deaths reported by Texas Department of State Health Services, and 10 new positive COVID-19 cases and five recoveries reported by Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management officials in their Hopkins County Oct. 8 COVID-19 update.
DSHS reported a total of 18 COVID-19 fatalities, derived from officials cause of death on official death certificates submitted to the state Vital Statistics office. One death was reported to have occurred on Sept. 30. The other two Hopkins County residents were reported to have died on Oct. 5 as a result of COVID-19.
Ten of the deaths have been reported this month, with 8 occurring in September and 2 in October. Six deaths were reported to have occurred in August and 2 in July, the month the state began using official death certificate cause of death when assigning COVID-19 fatalities to counties.
The 10 new positive COVID-19 cases increased the cumulative case count since March to 409. The five new recoveries helped to offset half of the new cases, increasing the active case count in Hopkins County to 90 and brings the cumulative case count to 409, according to the Hopkins County Oct. 8 COVID-19 update.
HC/SSEM also reported 8 patients in the COVID-19 Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs on Oct. 8, matching the Oct. 1 total for the unit but one less than on Oct. 7.
An additional 109 COVID-19 tests were performed at the free testing site at 128-A Jefferson St. Testing continues Monday-Saturday for the next couple of weeks. Register online and find out more details about the free COVID-19 molecular swab testing at GoGetTested.com.
According to Texas Health and Human Services, reported three additional resident deaths from COVID-19 at a Sulphur Springs nursing home as of Sept. 24; 1 additional case was reported on Sept. 23 and two more on Sept. 24 for a cumulative total of four resident deaths from COVID-19 Overall, 45 residents of Carriage House Manor had tested positive for COVID-19 since March, with 27 active cases and 13 recoveries on Sept. 24.
The Oct. 8 HHS nursing facility report showed no active employee cases at any of the Sulphur Spring nursing homes on Sept. 24. Overall, there have been 33 employees of Sulphur Springs nursing homes who have tested positive for COVID-19 since March, 16 at Carriage House Manor, five at Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab and two at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.
The Oct. 8 HHS assisted living facility report reported 1 employee COVID-19 case at Wesley House in Sulphur Springs, first reported on Sept. 21 and still active on Sept. 24. That brings the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases for assisted living facilities in Sulphur Springs to 5 employee and 7 resident cases as of Sept. 24.
There also were no active cases among either students or employees at licensed child care centers, school-age programs and before- or after -school program on Oct. 7, according to HHS’ Oct. 8 child care center COVID-19 case count report.