Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management officials, in the Nov. 10 COVID-19 update, reported 8 additional Hopkins County residents received positive COVID-19 test results on Tuesday. Texas State Health Services also reported another COVID-19 fatality has been confirmed for Hopkins County.
HC/SSEM Nov. 10 COVID-19 Update
While there were no new recoveries reported Tuesday, the number of residents testing positive for COVID-19 was about half the amount reported on Monday, dropping from 14 on Nov. 9. Mondays are typically larger because they includes all new cases reported over the weekend. That’s still 3 more cases than were reported last Tuesday, the next largest number so far this month on a day other than Monday.
So far this month, there have been 82 recoveries and 52 new cases.
Cumulatively, 622 of the 737 Hopkins County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 on molecular tests since March have recovered from the virus, HC/SSEM reported in the Nov. 9 COVID-19 update.
The 42 new recoveries reported on Monday may have decreased the overall active case count to 107 — the least number of active cases in nearly a month — but the 8 new cases has it back up to 115 active cases. That’s still the second lowest since Oct. 15 when 111 active cases were reported.
The COVID Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital Sulphur Springs had 17 patients Nov. 10, according to the Nov. 9 COVID-19 update. While the patient count in the COVID unit has remained a double digit since Oct. 26, on only one other occasion has HC/SSEM reported as many as 17 patients in the COVID unit. There were 17 in the unit on Sept. 28, a day in which 10 new cases, 11 recoveries, 91 active cases, one death and 121 molecular tests were reported for Hopkins County.
Another 77 COVID-19 tests were taken at testing site on Jefferson Street on Monday, Nov. 9. That makes 306 molecular tests performed at 128-A Jefferson Street in the last week and 599 so far this month. Overall, that’s 2,992 oral swab tests conducted since the testing site opened Sept. 25, HC/SSEM officials noted in the Nov. 10 COVID-19 update.
The Jefferson Street COVID testing site is scheduled to remain open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays during November, HC/SSEM officials reported in the Nov. 10 COVID-19 update.
To book a test, go online to GoGetTested.com, select “Red Cross/old Fidelity Express — Texas Emergency Management building at 128-A Jefferson St. in Sulphur Springs” or other desired location, then, click “Book Now,” and follow the prompts.
DSHS Fatality Report
Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 Case Counts dashboard showed 45 COVID-19 deaths for Hopkins County. That makes 1 additional Hopkins County resident whose cause on death certificate was listed as COVID-19.
The latest death, according to the Nov. 10 DSHS “Fatalities over Time by County” report, shows the death occurred on Oct. 27. That makes 8 straight days, Oct. 22-29, in which at least 1 new COVID-19 death occurred.
The deaths correlate with the worst period during the pandemic so far, when the active daily virus case count rose from 169 on Oct. 22, peaked at 236 on Oct. 28 (a day in which 2 deaths COVID-19 death occurred), then dropped down to 149 on Oct. 29.
October concluded with 323 Hopkins County residents receiving positive molecular COVID-19 results, 491 positive antigen results, 257 recovering from the virus, 26 deaths and 144 active cases.
HHS Nursing, Assisted Living Facility Reports
Carriage House Manor continued to have 2 active resident COVID-19 cases on Oct. 27. There were no active cases among employees of the facility on Oct. 27, the most recent nursing facility data available from Texas Health and Human Services.
Sunny Springs Nursing and Rehab reported only 8 active employee COVID-19 cases on Oct. 27, which is 7 less than on Oct. 26, HHS’s Nov. 10 nursing facility report shows.
Rock Creek continued to have on active resident virus case on Oct. 27, according to the Nov. 10 HHS nursing facility report.
Sulphur Springs Health and Rehabilitation reported 1 additional employee had tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 27, for a total of 10 active employee COVID-19 cases. Four SSH&R resident had recovered from COVID-91 but 11 more tested positive for COVID-19, giving the facility an active resident case count of 15, and a cumulative total of 17 recoveries, the Nov. 10 HHS nursing facility report shows.
According to the HHS Nov. 10 report, there was only one active COVID-19 case at among the assisted living facilities in Sulphur Springs, a Wesley House resident, as of Oct. 27.