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Feb. 23 COVID-19 Update: 100th COVID-19 Fatality Confirmed For Hopkins County

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Hopkins County reached a new milestone Tuesday, the 100th COVID-19 fatality confirmed on Feb. 23, a day in which only two new probable cases and one recovery were reported. That’s 100 Hopkins County residents whose cause of death during the 11 months of the pandemic has been listed as COVID-19 or novel coronavirus 2019, according to Texas Department of State Health Services Feb. 23 COVID-19 Case Counts dashboard.

While that represents only 0.27 percent of the total Hopkins County population who have died from the virus, the 100 fatalities are out of 1,488 COVID-19 cases confirmed by molecular testing. The fatality rate among the 4.01 percent of Hopkins County residents who have had confirmed COVID-19 cases, however, is 6.72 percent.

The l00th COVID-19 fatality is the second reported to have occurred in February and second reported this week. One Hopkins County resident died Feb. 7 and the latest on Feb. 10 from COVID-19, according to the DSHS Feb. 23 COVID-19 County Trends dashboard.

Lamar County also received confirmation of another COVID-19 fatality on Tuesday, increasing the total to 141 COVID-19 deaths out of 2,541 positive cases. That’s 5.1 percent of Lamar County population who have had COVID-19, and 0.28 percent of the total population who have died from COVID-19. The fatality rate among confirmed COVID-19 positive cases, however, is 5.55 percent.

Lamar is one of three counties in the 8-county area surrounding Hopkins that have had more COVID-19 fatalities, each also has a larger population and has had more confirmed COVID-19 cases as well. Only one county in the region has a higher fatality percentage among confirmed COVID-19 positive cases, however.

In Hunt County, 138 of the 5,255 confirmed COVID-19 cases have died from the virus. That means, 2.63 percent of the confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Hunt County died from the virus.

A total of 114 COVID-19 fatalities have been confirmed from among the 1,837 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Wood County. That’s a fatality rate of 0.25 percent of the total population and 6.21 percent among confirmed COVID-19 positive cases, according to the DSHS Feb. 23 COVID-19 Case Counts dashboard.

Red River County, which includes Clarksville, is the only county in the eight surrounding Hopkins that has a higher fatality rate among COVID-19 positive cases and one of only two counties whose fatality rate among the total population is higher than the 0.27 percent reported for Hopkins County. The 390 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported for Red River County represent only 3.24 percent of the population and the 34 fatalities represent 0.28 percent of the total population. However, the fatality rate among COVID-19 positive cases is 8.72 percent.

In Titus County, 8.05 percent of the population has received lab-confirmed positive molecular COVID-19 tests results, higher than Hopkins and all other counties in the area. Of the 2,635 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 75 Titus County residents have died from the virus. That’s a fatality rate of 2.85 percent among confirmed COVID-10 cases in Titus County.

Delta County has had only 167 confirmed COVID-19 cases (3.13 percent), 10 of whom died from the virus (5.99 percent). Franklin County has had 479 confirmed COVID-19 cases (0.22 percent), including 24 who died from the virus (5.01 percent). Twenty-three of the 390 Rains County residents confirmed to have COVID-19 have had died as of Tuesday afternoon Feb. 23; that’s a fatality rate of 6.05 percent among virus infected individuals.

CountyConfirmed Positive CasesCOVID-19 FatalitiesFatality to Positive Cases
Hopkins1,4881006.72%
Titus (Mt. Pleasant)2,635752.85%
Hunt (Greenville)5,2551382.63%
Lamar (Paris)2,5411415.55%
Franklin (Mt. Vernon)479245.01%
Delta (Cooper)167105.99%
Red River (Clarksville)390348.72%
Wood1,8371146.21%
Rains380236.05%
COVID-19 fatality counties according to the DSHS Feb. 23 COVID-19 Case Counts dashbaord

Author: Faith Huffman

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