109th COVID-19 Hopkins County Fatality Reported
While the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Hopkins County continues to dwindle as more COVID-19 vaccines become available, the virus has not been eradicated in Hopkins County. Not only are people still contracting the virus, one additional Hopkins County resident’s death has been confirmed to be the result of COVID-19 — the 109th COVID-19 fatality reported for Hopkins County, according to the April 26 Texas Department of State Health Services Case Counts dashboard.
Monday marked the fourth consecutive day with no new confirmed COVID-19 cases. However, probable cases rose by three on April 26, after four days with no new probable cases. In the last four days, four Hopkins County residents recovered, 631 doses of vaccine were administered to Hopkins County residents, according to the DSHS Case Counts and Vaccine Data dashboards. The 109th COVID-19 fatality was reported for Hopkins County as well; the death was reported to have occurred on April 13.
So far this month, 24 confirmed cases and 17 probable cases of the coronavirus 2019, two deaths and 56 recoveries have been reported for Hopkins County.
That brings the cumulative total since March of 2020 to 3,061 Hopkins County residents (8.25 percent) who have had COVID-19, including 1,594 Hopkins County residents (4.3 percent of the population) who have received lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 results and 1,497 residents (4.04 percent) reported as “probable cases,” as well as 2,930 county residents who have recovered from COVID-19, 109 who died (6.84 percent of Hopkins County COVID-19 cases) from the virus and 16,031 Hopkins County residents who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
On April 25, 2021, the number of Hopkins County resident who’ve been fully vaccinated rose to 6,995 while the number who’ve had a least one dose of the vaccine was 9,036 who’ve had one dose. That’s 23.17 percent of the 29, 175 Hopkins County residents age 16 and older, and 50.43 percent age 65 or older who’ve been fully vaccinated, and 18.95 percent of the Hopkins County population vaccinated for COVID-19 as of April 25.
That’s down from 52 confirmed, 36 probable cases, 102 recoveries and three fatalities from March 1-26, 2020. The active case count has also declined from 142 active cases on March 26to 22 active cases on April 26. Overall, 18.98 percent of the county’s population had been vaccinated for COVID-19.
For those who have yet to receive one dose of any of the COVID-19 vaccines, shots are available at Cody Drug as well as some other pharmacies. Each pharmacy has different scheduling; checking with the pharmacy for more information is advisable. To register for the Moderna vaccine at Cody Drug, go online to healthmartcovidvaccine.com and sign in to your individual account. Those who do not already have a HealthMart account can register on the main page, then sign in to schedule an appointment at Cody Drug. There’s also a link on the Cody Drug website to HealthMart.com; click it to be taken to that website, then select Schedule Your Appointment.
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs will also host another vaccine clinic on Wednesday, April 28, to administer the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are still available for most time slots from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those planning to attend the clinic at the hospital April 28 are asked to register for an open time slot, to help ensure no doses of the vaccine are wasted. Go online, and click “Sign Up” beside the desired available time slot, then click “Submit” and fill in the required information. Click here to register online for the CMFHSS April 28 Pfizer Clinic. Those who do not have Internet access may contact Holly Ragan at 903.439.4033 to schedule an appointment for a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on April 28. The Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone age 16 or older.
As the number of COVID-19 vaccines available and administered to Hopkins County residents continues to rise, the number of people being tested for the virus has also fallen. In fact, test numbers declined so much at the free testing center in Sulphur Springs this month that the state has officially closed the free facility on Wednesday. Since then, 270 people have been tested elsewhere in Sulphur Springs.