The Ellis County Health Department on Wednesday reported the average number of new coronavirus cases per day in the last seven days dropped from 10 on Monday to 8 on Wednesday.
The department also announced two additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total to 40.
There were 27 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Ellis County since Monday. There are currently 147 active cases, including six active hospitalizations of Ellis County residents, and 2,896 recovered cases.
As of Wednesday, there were 24 COVID-19 inpatients at HaysMed, down from 27 on Monday, with 16 of those active patients, two on ventilators and six in the recovery phase.
The seven-day average of percent of positive tests also dropped to 16.1 percent from 19.9 percent Monday.
Since reporting began, there have been 3,210 cases of coronavirus identified in Ellis County, including 40 virus-related deaths.
Of the total 17271 tests administered, 17.4 percent have returned positive for COVID-19.
NOTE: "New cases" reflects cases reported by the Ellis County Health Department between regular reporting periods of Monday, Wednesday and Friday. "Total cases" reflects all cases reported by the department. Because of delayed test results, total cases might include cases prior to the previous reporting period, so the figures might not necessarily correspond.