COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to decline across the state on Friday, including Trauma Service Area F, and six additional COVID-19 recoveries were reported for Hopkins County, in DSHS Feb. 6 COVID-19 dashboards. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 23 new novel coronavirus 2019 cases were also reported on Saturday for Hopkins County on Saturday.
Five Hopkins County residents had received positive lab-confirmed molecular COVID-19 test results as of lunch time Saturday, for a total of 57 new confirmed COVID-19 cases this week, Jan. 31-Feb. 6. While still 13 less than in Dec. 31-Jan. 6 and 25 less than Nov. 3-Dec. 6, that’s still nine more cases than Oct. 31-Nov. 6, and 18 more than Sept. 30-Oct. 6. Cumulatively, since last March 1,425 Hopkins County resident have received positive molecular COVID-19 results, according to the DSHS Feb. 6 COVID-19 Case Counts dashboard.
Another 18 Hopkins County residents Saturday were reported as having “probable” COVID-19 cases, that is they have either tested positive for COVID-19 on an antigen test or have a combination of symptoms and a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 without a more likely diagnosis. That makes 59 Hopkins County probable cases reported this week, five more than Dec. 31- Jan. 6. Cumulatively, Hopkins County has had 1,425 probable COVID-19 cases since the state began tracking antigen and other probable case data.
Six additional Hopkins County residents had recovered from COVID-19 by noon Feb. 6. That makes 47 recoveries this week. Cumulatively, 2,457 of the 2,854 Hopkins County COVID-19 cases reported since the pandemic began have recovered.
That leave 190 Hopkins County residents who still actively had COVID-19 as of noon Saturday.
Ninety-one COVID-19 tests were conducted in Hopkins County Friday, 57 viral or molecular tests, 31 antigen tests and three antibody tests. That makes 373 molecular tests, 130 antigen tests and 10 antibody tests conducted Feb. 1-6
Cumulatively, 14,573 viral tests have been conducted in Hopkins County since the pandemic began, and 1,956 antigen tests and 1,784 antibody tests since the state began tracking the data a few months back, for a total of 18,313 COVID-19 tests conducted in Hopkins County, according to the DSHS Feb. 6 COVID-19 Test and Hospital Data dashboard.
Free oral swab COVID-19 testing has been extended through the month of February in Sulphur Springs. Testing is typically offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays inside the Red Cross (old Fidelity Express) building in Sulphur Springs.
Free testing is open to anyone regardless of age or address. However, registration is required online at www.GoGetTested.com in order to be tested at 128-A Jefferson Street in Sulphur Springs.
Across the state, COVID-19 hospitalizations have continued to decline this week, dropping from 11,002 on Feb. 1 to 10,827 on Feb. 2 and 9,957 on Feb. 5
In Trauma Service Area F, not only did COVID-19 hospitalizations drop from 137 on Thursday to 131 on Friday, overall hospitalizations declined as well from 640 to 627, DSHS reported in the Feb. 6 COVID-19 Test and Hospital Data dashboard. The last time COVID-19 hospitalizations was near that mark was Dec. 11 and 12, when 130 and 133 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were reported to be in TSA-F hospitals.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations 1/31 2/1 2/2 2/3 2/4 2/5 In Trauma Service Area F 152 143 134 134 137 131 Percent TSA F Capacity 13.94 13.18 12.38 12.33 12.42 12 In Texas Hospitals 11,074 11,002 10,827 10,523 10259 9,957
The overall hospital capacity also declined Friday: with 1,092 total hospital beds staffed and 1,000 total staff inpatient beds on Friday, 11 less than Thursday. Not surprising, COVID-19 hospitalizations also declined in Trauma Service Area F, from 12.42 percent Thursday to 12 percent Friday, according to the DSHS dashboard.
As of 11:59 p.m. Feb. 5, doses of the vaccine had been administered to 2,264 people in Hopkins County, that’s 39 more than on Thursday: 29 who received the first dose of the vaccine, increasing that total to 1,906, and 10 who received the second dose of the vaccine, for a total of 358 who’ve been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, according to the DSHS Feb. 6 COVID-19 Vaccine Data dashboard.
Two providers in Hopkins County are listed among the 358 across the state allocated to receive some of the 401,750 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine the federal government is due to send to the state for distribution the week of Feb. 8. Brookshire’s and Walgreens pharmacies have each been allocated 100 doses from the first-dose supplies of Moderna vaccine the state is slated to receive during Week 9 of vaccine distribution.
To see if you are eligible to have the COVID-19 vaccine at a Walgreens location, visit walgreens.com/schedulevaccine. For information about Brookshire’s vaccine waiting list, visit https://www.brookshires.com/covid-19-information. The full list of vaccine allocations for the week of Feb. 8, vaccination hub providers with contact information, the DSHS/Texas Department of Emergency Management map of vaccine providers, and the Texas Vaccine Data dashboard can all be accessed by clicking the links. More information on the COVID-19 vaccine can be found at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx.