Oct. 13 Hopkins County COVID-19 Update: 28 Recoveries, 9 New Cases

Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management officials reported more Hopkins County people recovered from COVID-19 than the number of people who received positive COVID-19 test results on Tuesday. The 28 recoveries reported Tuesday in the HC/SSEM Oct. 13 Hopkins County COVID-19 Update. was good news, but wasn’t enough to balance or offset the number of new positive cases reported over the last 2 days.

A whooping 32 new cases, the most ever reported at one time by the HC/SSEM, were reported on Monday and 9 nine additional cases were reported Tuesday. The 28 recoveries Tuesday and 2 on Monday, reduced the overall active case count from 119 to 100, according to the Oct. 13 Hopkins County COVID-19 update.

The 41 new cases reported so far this week bring the total number of Hopkins County residents who have tested positive so far this month to 92. That’s more new cases during the first 13 days of October than during the whole month of July, when 89 total cases were reported, and more than August, when 91 people tested positive for COVID-19. That’s about 2.5 times more cases reported Oct. 1-13 than Sept. 1-13.

The 30 recoveries reported this week, combined with those already posted this month amount to 70 recoveries so far. That’s also more than 4 times as many recoveries reported so far this month than during the first 13 days of September.

Cumulatively, there have been 453 Hopkins County residents test positive for COVID-19 since March, including 353 who have recovered from the virus. HC/SSEM reported in the Oct. 13 Hopkins County COVID-19 update.

HC/SSEM in their Oct. 13 Hopkins County COVID-19 update reported 132 were performed at the free testing site on Monday, Oct. 12. That’s 323 tests conducted over the last week at the testing site and a total of 1,078 tests performed since testing was first offered at at 128-A Jefferson St. on Sept. 25.

Free testing for COVID-19 will continue to be offered for anyone. Symptoms are not required. The test is a mouth swab molecular test, according to information provided by Texas Department of Emergency Management and local officials. Register online at GoGetTested.com. Simply log on, scroll down to “Sulphur Springs — Red Cross/Old Fidelity Express — Texas Emergency Management” location, click the green “BOOK NOW” button in the right corner and follow the prompts.

The COVID Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs had 6 patients, one more patient on Tuesday than on Monday, Oct. 12, when the fewest number of patients was reported so far this month. The most patients in the COVID Unit so far in October has been 9, which is still only half of the 3-month high of 17 posted on Sept. 28. In fact, the COVID unit remained in double digits from Sept. 21-30, a time span when 9 Hopkins County residents were reported by the state to have died from COVID-19.

The were no new reports of COVID-19 deaths for Hopkins County on either Oct. 12 or Oct. 13. But, 20 Hopkins County residents have died from COVID-19 over the last 3 1/2 months. Two deaths were reported in July, 6 in August, 9 in September and 3 So far this month, according to Texas Department of State Health Services, which receives notification when COVID-19 is listed as officials cause of death on death certificates.

Texas Health and Human Services’ Oct. 13 report showed no change in nursing home COVID-19 case counts in Hopkins County. There continued to be 27 active resident cases at Carriage House Manor as of Sept. 29, according to HHS. The facility had 16 employees and test positive, but those cases were no longer active on Sept. 29; there had been total of 45 resident cases, including 13 recoveries and 4 deaths as of Sept. 29, according to the HHS report.

There continued to be 1 active COVID-19 case among Wesley House employees on Sept. 29, according to the Oct. 13 HHS assisted living facility report. The facility has had 7 residents test positive for COVID-19, but all 7 had recovered by Sept. 29.

There were no active COVID-19 cases at any of the licensed child care centers, school-age programs or before and after school programs in in Hopkins County on Oct. 12, according to the Oct. 13 HHS report.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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