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Nov. 11-12 COVID-19 Updates: 2 Fatalities, 10 New Cases

Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management officials in their Nov. 11-12 COVID-19 updates reported 10 additional Hopkins County residents have received positive COVID-19 test results. State reports also show 2 additional COVID-19 fatalities for Hopkins County.

HC/SSEM Nov. 11-12 COVID-19 Updates

HC/SSEM in their Nov. 11-12 updates reported seven new cases on Wednesday and three on Thursday. That makes 63 Hopkins County residents who have received positive molecular COVID-19 test results this month, 20 less than the first 12 days of October but still 25 more than Sept. 1-12 and 10 more new cases than Aug. 1-12.

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While there have been no recoveries reported during the last three days, 82 residents were reported Nov. 2-9 to have recovered from novel coronavirus 2019. A total 622 of the 747 county residents who have tested positive for the virus since March have recovered, according to the Nov. 11-12 COVID-19 updates from HC/SSEM officials.

The COVID Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs had one less patient daily Nov. 11-12. That left 15 patients in the CMFHSS unit Thursday, the same as on Friday, Nov. 6. The lowest patient census reported this month has been 13 patients on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

At the free testing site on Jefferson Street, 103 free tests were performed on Tuesday and 79 on Wednesday, according to the HC/SSEM Nov. 11-12 COVID-19 updates. That makes 781 molecular tests conducted at 128-A Jefferson Street during the first 11 days in November and 3,174 since testing was first offered on Sept. 25 at the testing location.

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. 11-12 COVID-19 updates.

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. Walk-ins are also accepted.

Hopkins County COVID-19 Case Counts from March-Nov. 12, 2020

Sulphur Springs ISD COVID-19 Update

Seven additional people who were on Sulphur Springs Independent School District campuses within the last week had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, Nov. 11, Assistant Superintendent Josh Williams reported in notices sent out shortly after 3 p.m. Nov. 11 to students and their families, teachers and staff at the appropriate campuses

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One additional student at Sulphur Spring High School and one at Bowie Primary had tested positive for the virus.

Five additional staff members also tested positive: two at Lamar Primary and one each at Douglass Early Childhood Learning Center, Sulphur Springs Elementary and Sulphur Springs Middle School.

Monday night, Williams reported there were seven active cases among students (one each at Douglass ECLC and Barbara Bush Primary, two at SSES, and three at SSHS), and 11 active staff cases (1 each at Douglass, Bush Primary, SSMS and one other; three at SSES; and four at Lamar.)

Another 205 students and 16 staff members were not COVID-19 positive, but in quarantine as a precaution due to a high-risk exposure or because they are displaying symptoms, according to the COVID-19 snapshot Williams presented to the school board Monday night.

Since school started, the district has had 71 students and 55 staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Williams’ Nov. 9 report.

Hopkins County COVID-19 Fatality Reports

The Texas Department of State Health Services dashboard showed 47 Hopkins County residents have died as a result of COVID-19. That’s 2 additional COVID-19 deaths confirmed by cause on death certificates in the last 2 days and 5 Hopkins County COVID-19 deaths announced in the last 7 days.

The latest deaths are reported to have occurred on Oct. 21 (a day in which 42 new cases were reported, increasing the active case count to 169) and Nov. 5 (a day with 152 active cases, the highest active case count so far this month). That makes 27 Hopkins County residents confirmed to have died from COVID-19 in October and one in November. There were also 11 COVID-19 fatalities in September, six in August and two in July.

Data compiled from Texas Department of State Health Services reports

HHS Nursing, Assisted Living Facility Reports

Wesley House still had one active resident COVID-19 case on Oct. 29; the case was first reported on Oct. 27, the most recent data available in the Nov. 12 Health and Human Services assisted living facility report.

Two additional nursing home deaths, one each at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehabilitation and Sunny Springs Nursing & Rehab, were reported Oct. 29 to HHS. That makes 34 residents who have died at Sulphur Springs nursing facilities from March through Oct. 29: 24 at Carriage House Manor, 4 at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab and six at Sunny Springs Nursing & Rehab, according to the Nov. 12 HHS nursing facility report.

There were 19 active employee cases at Sulphur Springs nursing home on Oct. 29: 1 at Carriage House Manor, 10 at SSHR and 8 at SSN&R. That means 1 CHM employee tested positive on Oct. 29.

The Nov. 12 HHS nursing facility report also showed 24 active resident cases at Sulphur Springs nursing facilities on Oct. 29, 1 at Rock Creek Health and Rehab and 21 at SSHR. That means 6 additional residents tested positive had tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 29.

Texas Health and Human Services Nov. 12, 2020, COVID-19 case county chart for Sulphur Springs nursing facilities, reflecting cases through Oct. 29.

Author: Faith Huffman

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