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More Hopkins County COVID-19 Cases Reported During The Last 2 Weeks Than June and July Combined

Another Hopkins County Resident Confirmed To Have Died From Coronavirus

Coronavirus cases continue to surge, with more new COVID-19 cases reported among Hopkins County residents during the last 2 weeks than during June and July combined. Two of the 461 Hopkins County residents who’ve had COVID during the last 2 weeks were confirmed by death certificate to have died as a result of the virus; the most recent COVID death was one of new 400 Texas COVID fatalities reported Friday by Texas Department of State Health Services.

The two most recent COVID deaths occurred on Monday, Aug. 30, a day in which only one new lab-confirmed COVID case and three recoveries were reported, and on Wednesday, Sept. 1, a day in which 60 new COVID cases and 17 recoveries were reported. This followed 11 additional COVID deaths earlier in the month of August, after two months with no COVID deaths and only 385 new cases reported. In fact, the 461 new COVID cases recorded from Aug. 29-Sept. 11 are more than March, April, May and June combine; only 402 new cases were reported in Hopkins County residents from March 1 to June 30, 2021.

To give perspective on the number of cases, there were only 461 COVID-19 cases total from March 21 to Oct. 14, 2020, 7 months; so far this month, 386 new cases were reported, and 449 in the last 2 weeks (Aug. 29-Sept. 110), and, there were 479 active COVID-19 cases as of 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. At the beginning of August, 108 Hopkins County residents had the virus. On Sept. 1, there were 368 active cases, and that number had climbed to 403 on Sept. 3, reached 412 on Sept. 7, 433 active cases on Sept. 8, 444 on Thursday, 461 Friday and 479 Saturday. Overall, that’s an average of 385 active COVID cases daily in Hopkins County last week and 431 this week.

Last week, 161 new lab-confirmed cases were reported. That number grew by 131 this week, including 14 new molecular cases on Saturday, for a total of 292 lab-confirmed cases of the virus over the last 2 weeks, 231 during the first 11 days of September 2021.

Cumulatively, there have been 1,581 lab-confirmed COVID cases among Hopkins County residents in 2021, and 2,660 since March 21, 2020, when Hopkins County Emergency Management officials were first notified county residents had been screened for the virus and were awaiting their test results. The first Hopkins County case was reported on March 27, 2020.

An additional 169 Hopkins County residents have been reported as “probable” COVID-19 cases in the past 2 weeks, 60 last week and 96 this week, including 20 new probable cases on Saturday. That’s a total of 2,082 probable COVID cases reported since the state began tracking them last fall, including 965 in 2021, 156 of them so far this month.

Combined, that’s 461 new cases of COVID-19 reported for Hopkins County in the past 2 weeks, 386 since Sept. 1 and 34 new cases on Saturday, and 4,742 COVID cases since the pandemic began. By comparison, 290 Hopkins County residents have recovered from the virus in the last 2 weeks, 230 of them since Sept. 1, including 56 on Friday and 16 on Saturday. Cumulatively, there have been 2,083 virus recoveries in 2021, and 4,126 since the pandemic began.

That means, September could be the worst month yet as far a new and active virus case counts go. September is on track to surpass August, when a total of 571 new COVID-19 cases were reported, and as many as 324 active cases at the end of the month.

New confirmed and probable Hopkins County COVID-19 cases, and COVID-19 fatalities confirmed by death certificate to be the primary cause of death for Hopkins County residents (Charts: DSHS Sept. 11, 2021 COVID-19 County Trends Dashboard)

Author: Faith Huffman

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