Hopkins County Emergency Management announced today that an estimated 31 tests for COVID 19 have been sent off from Hopkins County. The tests were sent to either a Private Lab or Texas Department of State Health Services (TX-DSHS). There are currently no known confirmed positive cases in Hopkins County per local healthcare providers or TX-DSHS.
The release from EMS Director Brent Smith said, “There are many variables in this situation to consider. There is the potential that individuals who reside in Hopkins County have been tested outside our area. Some of the screenings performed in Hopkins County are potentially residents of other counties. Up until this past Thursday, private labs were not required to report cases to the local and state health departments unless the case was positive. This has delayed the ability to track the number of tested. I can assure you, with confidence that the local healthcare providers and emergency management teams are working closely together to try and provide accurate and transparent information within the restrictions of our local and federal laws.”
Results from screenings are taking 3—7 business days to get a result in the Private Labs or TX-DSHS Labs according to the release. HCEM officials ask that residents please continue to practice social distancing and proper hand washing to help slow the spread and process of this virus. Hopkins County Hospital District recommends staying informed by following the CDC and DSHS websites and your local emergency management guidance.
Smith also said, “Hopkins County Hospital District is in full support of all the diverse healthcare providers in Hopkins County. Hopkins County is blessed to have Christus Mother Frances Hospital — Sulphur Springs as our anchor in hospital operations and regional healthcare system. Along with Christus Mother Frances Hospital — Sulphur Springs we have a variety of independent private physicians along with providers related to other healthcare systems. This creates some difficulty gathering and sharing information to the public as all the different entities and providers are separate organizations.”
Hopkins County Hospital District will attempt to provide updates when possible in reference to the healthcare in Hopkins County while this situation is evolving.