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Oct. 23 COVID-19 Update: 15 New Cases, 185 Active Cases 600 Cumulative Cases

The 15 new positive COVID-19 cases reported by Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management officials in the Oct. 23 COVID-19 update increased the overall number of Hopkins County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since March to 600.

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This week alone 136 Hopkins County residents received positive molecular COVID-19 test result. That’s 3 more county residents testing positive this week for COVID-19 than the total number of Hopkins County residents who have recovered from the virus all month. There were no recoveries reported in the Oct. 23 COVID-19 update from HC/SSEM officials.

So far this month, 239 Hopkins County residents have received positive COVID-19 test results, more than twice the total number of new positive cases (118) reported in September.

Cumulatively, 416 of the 600 Hopkins County residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, leaving 185 active cases among Hopkins County residents on Oct. 23, HC/SSEM reported in the Oct. 23 COVID-19 update.

HC/SSEM also reported 8 patients in the COVID Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs Friday, the same number reported on Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, and Oct. 22.

Another 106 molecular COVID-19 tests were performed at the free testing site on Oct. 22, HC/SSEM officials reported in the Oct. 23 COVID-19 update. That’s 543 molecular tests conducted at 128-A Jefferson St. in Sulphur Springs this week and 1,608 swab tests performed from Oct. 1-22, and 1892 oral tests since the site opened on Sept. 25.

Free COVID-19 testing is scheduled to continue until Oct. 31 at 128-A Jefferson St. 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 free oral swab test, go online to

HC/SSEM and the Local Health Authority reported 105 Hopkins County residents received positive results from COVID-19 antigen tests performed from testing facilities within Hopkins County from Oct. 17-23. Positive antigen tests are reported weekly in Hopkins County, do not count toward state new case (only the 600 molecular positive) or recovery totals. That’s the most antigen positives reported for Hopkins County since local officials began reporting the weekly total.

State Report

Texas Health and Human Services on Oct. 23 reported there were still 8 active employee cases and 16 active resident cases of COVID-19 at Carriage House Manor on Oct. 9.

THHS in the Oct. 23 nursing facility report, corrected two nursing home reports. On Thursday, HHS reported 15 active and 19 cumulative employee cases for Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab and 9 active and 12 cumulative cases for Sunny Springs Nursing & Rehab.

On Friday, HHS reported there have only been six cumulative employee cases employee cases at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab. The facility as of Oct. 9 was reported to still have 2 active employee cases.

Sunny Springs Nursing and Rehab, however, was reported on Oct. 9 to have 19 cumulative and 15 active employee cases.

The only active COVID-19 case reported for Sulphur Springs assisted living facilities on Oct. 9 was one active employee case at Wesley House; the employee was first reported by HHS on Oct. 30 to have tested positive for COVID-19.

There continued to be no active employee or student cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 22 at the 6 licensed child care centers, school-age programs, and before or after-school programs, according to the Oct. 23 HHS reports.

Author: Faith Huffman

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