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Three Additional COVID Deaths, 62 New Cases Reported For Hopkins County

Three additional COVID deaths, 62 new cases and 74 recoveries were reported for Hopkins County over the weekend, which means 1.32 percent of the overall population in Hopkins County had the virus this month, with 2.24 percent of the cases resulting in death due to the virus so far in August, according to Texas Department of State Health Services reports.

Two new COVID fatalities were announced on Friday and one Saturday, for a total of of five additional Hopkins County coronavirus deaths reported this week by Texas Department of State Health Services. That makes 11 Hopkins County residents who have died this month for COVID: three on Aug. 3; two on Aug. 10; and one each on Aug. 7, Aug. 1, Aug. 12, Aug. 13, Aug. 15 and Aug. 19. That makes 41 COVID fatalities in 2021 and 125 since March of 2020.

Another 52 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 11 probable case were reported among Hopkins County residents over the Aug. 27-29 weekend. That’s 11 new lab-confirmed cases and four new probable cases Friday, along with 13 lab-confirmed cases and four probable cases on Saturday, and 28 new lab-confirmed and three new probable cases over the weekend. The total number of new molecular cases during the week of Aug. 22-28 increased to 96, and brings the total for the month of August to 339 new molecular cases for the month, to 1,012 for all of 2021 and 2,396 since March 2020. That means that as of Sunday, the lab-confirmed case counts reported for Hopkins County in August (with 2 days still remaining) had exceeded the previous record of 323 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases set in October 2020.

Overall, that’s 6.46 percent of the Hopkins County population who have received lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test results, and 0.34 percent of the overall estimated population of almost 37,100 who have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Since Jan. 1, 2021, that’s 2.73 percent of the population of Hopkins County who’ve had confirmed COVID-19 cases and 0.11 percent of the overall population who’ve died from the virus. The death rate among confirmed cases, however, is 4.05 percent for 2021, and 5.22 percent overall since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Hopkins County COVID-19 Case Counts as of Aug. 29, 2021

The 11 new probable cases this weekend increased the total for August to 151. That makes 824 probable cases in 2021, and 1,916 since the state began tracking cases probable cases last fall. DSHS and the CDC define probable cases as those identified through antigen testing or a combination of symptoms and a known exposure without a more likely diagnosis. Since Dec. 11, 2020, when the state began posting probable case counts daily on the DSHS Case Counts dashboard, the most probable cases in a month was 193 in December, followed in January with 153 probable cases and February with 134 new probable cases reported for Hopkins County residents. That’s another 2.22 percent of the Hopkins County population considered to have the virus in 2021, and 5.17 percent of the overall Hopkins County population who’s been counted as a probable case since state began tracking probable COVID cases last fall.

Combining both confirmed and probable cases, that’s 490 Hopkins County residents (1.32 percent) reported to have COVID-19 this month, 1,836 (4.95 percent) who’ve had the virus since Jan. 1, 2021 and 4,312 (11.63 percent since March of 2020). That means that while only 0.34 percent of the total population of Hopkins county had died from the virus, 2.9 percent of county residents who’ve had COVID have died from the virus.

Seventy-four Hopkins County residents have recovered from COVID in the past 3 days, 12 on Friday, 21 Saturday and 41 on Sunday. That makes 127 county residents who recovered from the virus during the fourth week of August, and 308 this month. Cumulatively, 3,893 of the 4,312 Hopkins County residents who’ve had COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March of 2020 have recovered for the virus, with 1,839 of those recoveries occurring in 2021.

While August started with 108 active cases, that number has continued to increase, with as many as 164 active cases reported during the first seven days of the month, then exceeding 200 on Aug. 11. At the conclusion of the second week of August, 249 active cases were reported among Hopkins county residents. During week 3, as many as 270 active cases were reported. Active cases peaked at 310 on Friday, but had dipped to 305 at the conclusion of the fourth full week of August 2021, then down to 295 on Sunday. That’s an overall daily average of 226 active cases on any given day in Hopkins County during the first 29 days of August. For 2021, Hopkins County has averaged about 107.5 active cases daily and for the entire pandemic averaged 76,69 active cases daily.

According to Texas Health and Human Service, 43.09 percent of the eligible population age 12 and older i Hopkins County had received at least one does of the COVID vaccine Sunday and 35.52 percent in that age group are fully vaccinated. That’s 13,455 people in Hopkins County age 12 or older (50 more than the day before) who had received at least 1 dose of COVID vaccine as of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, including 11,091 who are fully vaccinated for the virus (48 more than the day before). Across the state 68.12 percent of the population age 12 and older (16,395,199 people) in Texas had received at least one dose of vaccine and 56.71 percent age 12 and up (13,650,178 people) across the state had been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 28, 2021.

Hopkins County residents fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as of 11:59 p.m. Aug. 28, 2021 (DSHS COVID-19 vaccine in Texas dashboard charts)

Author: Faith Huffman

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