Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management officials received notification 3 additional Hopkins County residents have received positive COVID-19 results on lab-confirmed molecular tests, according to the Nov. 5 COVID-19 update.
HC/SSEM Nov. 5 COVID-19 update
That makes 27 Hopkins County residents who have tested positive for novel coronavirus 2019 this week and 711 who have tested positive for the virus since March.
Thursday marked the third consecutive day with no recoveries reported by HC/SSEM. So far this month, 19 people have recovered from COVID-19, all reported on Nov. 2. That makes a total of 559 of the 711 Hopkins County residents who tested positive who as of Monday had recovered from the virus.
That leaves 152 Hopkins County residents who still have COVID-19, according to the Nov. 5 COVID-19 update. That’s the third day the active case count has grown, rising from the 13-day low of 141 on Monday to 146 on Tuesday, then increasing by 3 each on Wednesday and Thursday.
The patient count in the COVID unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital Sulphur Springs rose by three on Thursday to 16, the same number reported on Monday. Nov. 5 marks only the 5th time the COVID patient count has been that high or higher since HC/SSEM began reporting CMFHSS COVIC counts a little over 3 months ago. There were also 16 patients in the COVID unit at the hospital on Sept. 23 and Sept. 29.
HC/SSEM officials also reported 80 tests were performed at the COVID-19 testing site at 128-A Jefferson Street at Wednesday. That’s 293 oral swab tests conducted so far at the site so far this week, and 2,686 since the molecular tests were first offered at the testing site on Sept. 25, according to HC/SSEM’s Nov. 5 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.
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.
State COVID-19 Reports
There were no new death report confirmations of COVID-19 deaths among Hopkins County residents. However, there have been 42 COVID-19 fatalities assigned to Hopkins County, 23 of which occurred in October.
Texas Health and Human Services, however, reported 2 additional resident COVID-19 deaths at Sunny Springs Nursing & Rehab as of Oct. 22, the most recent data available from the state agency for nursing facilities. That’s three consecutive days in which HHS reported COVID-19 deaths for Sunny Springs: 1 on Oct.20, and 2 each on Oct. 21 and 22.
That makes a total of 29 residents of Sulphur Springs nursing facilities who have died of COVID-19 since March; previously, two resident deaths were reported at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehabilitation and 22 at Carriage House Manor, according to Nov. 5 HHS nursing home reports.
Three additional employees at Sunny Springs Nursing & Rehab had tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 22, giving the facility a total of 17 active staff cases of COVID cases and 18 active resident cases on Oct. 22, according to the Nov. 5 HHS nursing facility report.
Three residents at Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab had recovered from COVID-19 on Oct. 22, for a total of 11 residents who have recovered from the virus. Unfortunately, six additional patients of the facility tested positive, increasing the overall active resident case count to eight.
Carriage House Manor reported 1 active employee case on Oct. 22, 1 less than the day before, and continued to have 4 active resident cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 22, according to the Nov. 5 HHS nursing facility report.
Wesley House continued to have 1 active resident COVID-19 case on Oct. 22, according to the Nov. 5 HHS assisted living facility report.