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Jan. 14 COVID-19 Update: 1 Fatality, 15 New Cases, 26 Recoveries, 227 Active Cases

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Ten more recoveries than new COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday, reducing the active case count for Hopkins County for the first time since Jan. 2, when the active case count dropped from 138 to 133. Unfortunately, one additional Hopkins County fatality was also confirmed and the Sulphur Springs patient count in the hospital COVID unit increased on Jan. 14, according to Texas Department of State Health Services and Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs Emergency Management Jan. 14 COVID-19 reports.

Case Counts

The new confirmed COVID-19 case count on Thursday was more than double the number reported on Jan. 13. Six Hopkins County residents tested COVID-19 positive on Jan. 13 and 13 tested positive on Jan. 14, the same as on Jan. 11 and one more than on Jan. 10 and Jan. 12. That makes 56 new molecular COVID-19 cases reported for Hopkins County so far this week, increasing the total number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases this month to 151. Cumulatively, 1,273 Hopkins County residents have received positive molecular COVID-19 results since March, according to the DSHS Jan. 14 COVID-19 Texas Case Counts dashboards.

Conversely, only two new probable COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday, nine less than on Wednesday and the same as on Jan. 11. So far this week, 16 new probable cases have been reported for Hopkins County. This month, 83 probable cases were reported, increasing the cumulative total number of probable COVID-19 cases to 1,200.

Twenty-six additional Hopkins County residents had recovered from COVID-19 on Jan. 14, increasing the total this week to 56 and this month to 110. Cumulatively, that makes 2,163 of the 2,473 Hopkins County residents reported to have COVID-19 since March 2020 who have recovered from the virus.

One additional Hopkins County resident has been confirmed to have died from COVID-19. That makes four additional deaths confirmed this week. The latest death occurred on Dec. 29, the second reported on that day. Overall, that increases the total number of COVID-19 deaths confirmed so far for Hopkins County to 83, all except four occurred in 2020.

Taking into account the new cases, additional fatality and recovery, that leaves 227 active COVID-19 cases among Hopkins County residents as of Thursday afternoon, Jan. 14, the first time the daily active case count has decreased since Jan. 2.

Hospital and Testing Reports

HC/SSEM, in the Jan. 14 COVID-19 update, reported 7,990 COVID-19 tests had been conducted at the free testing center at 128-A Jefferson Street in Sulphur Springs, including 56 on Jan. 13. This week 206 molecular tests were conducted at the testing center.

Free oral swab (molecular) COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays in January inside the Red Cross (old Fidelity Express Building) in Sulphur Springs. Free testing is open to anyone regardless of age or address. Registration is required online at in order to be tested at 128-A Jefferson Street in Sulphur Springs.

HC/SSEM also reported 28 patients in the COVID unit on Jan. 14, four more than on Jan. 13, six more than on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12, but four less than were reported on Jan. 7 and 8, according to the DSHS Jan. 14 COVID-19 Test and Hospital Data dashboard

In Trauma Service Area F, 232 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were in the hospital on Jan. 13, one more than on Jan. 12, but still nine less than on Jan. 10.

Twenty-nine more hospital beds were staffed in TSA-F on Wednesday than on Tuesday, 14 less than on Jan. 8, but 37 less than on Jan. 5, 44 less than on Jan. 1 and 84 less than on Dec. 31.

A total of 959 inpatient beds were staffed throughout TSA-F, 29 more than on Jan. 12, but fourteen less than on Jan. 8, 22 less than on Jan. 6, 44 less than on Jan. 1, and 84 less than on Dec. 31.

There were 649 total hospitalizations on Jan. 13, 34 more than on Jan. 12, but seven less than on Jan. 7, 21 less than on Jan. 5 and 68 less than on New Year’s Eve.

COVID-19 hospitalizations made up 22.07 percent of the overall hospital capacity in TSA-F, down slightly from the 22. 60 percent reported on Jan. 12 and 23.42 percent on Jan. 11. TSA-F has continued to have high hospitalizations since Dec. 26 and has remained under tighter COVID-19 capacity restrictions since Jan. 2.

COVID-19 Vaccines

As of 11:59 p.m. Jan. 13, a total of 1,010 vaccines were administered in Hopkins County, 29 more than on Jan. 12. Sixteen people had received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 13 and another 994 have received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine, according to the DSHS Jan. 14 COVID-19 Vaccine dashboard. Of those, 628 women and 379 men had been vaccinated in Hopkins County.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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