Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management officials in the Oct. 2 COVID-19 update reported 3 new COVID-19 cases and 6 new recoveries among Hopkins County residents, just before 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
That’s 14 fewer new cases on Friday than were reported on Thursday, Oct. 1. With twice as many new recoveries reported as new cases, the active case count dropped from 87 to 84 on Friday. That means 297 of the 381 Hopkins County residents who have tested positive have recovered from COVID-19.
One more patient was reported to be in the COVID-19 unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs on Friday, Oct. 2, than the 8 reported on Oct. 1, according to the HC/SSEM Oct. 2 COVID-19 update
Another 73 COVID-19 tests were conducted Thursday, Oct. 1, at the free testing center located at 128-A Jefferson St. (the small building behind the Tax Assessor/Collector and Justices of the Peace Offices). Overall, that’s 284 COVID-19 tests preformed at the location since Sept. 25. The free testing will continue to be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Monday-Friday through Oct. 24 . To register, go online to GoGetTested.com. Walk ups are also accepted.
HC/SSEM also reported that 35 Hopkins County residents tested in facilities within the county tested positive for COVID-19 on antigen tests during the week beginning Sept. 25 and ending at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2. That’s 16 fewer antigen positives than reported one week before and 6 fewer than the week of Sept. 12-18.
It should be noted that positive antigen results do not count toward the daily case counts reported by HC/SSEM and the state, as those cases reflect positive molecular-PCR test results only.
There were no changes in COVID-19 case counts for Sulphur Springs nursing homes; there continued to be 21 active employee cases and 15 active resident cases at Carriage House Manor on Sept. 18, according to the Oct. 2 Texas Health and Human Services nursing facilities report.
The Oct. 2 HHS assisted living facility report showed no active cases of COVID-19 at Sulphur Springs assisted living facilities as of Sept. 18.
No active employee or students COVID-19 cases were reported at licensed child care centers in Hopkins County on Oct. 1, according to the HHS report.
The Texas Department of State Health Services COVID dashboard had not been updated as of 3:45 p.m. Oct. 2. The latest update was 6:15 p.m. Oct. 1 when 3 new COVID-19 fatalities were assigned to Hopkins County, for a total of 11 Hopkins County residents who have died from COVID-19 since July.