The Ellis County Health Department on Wednesday reported the average number of new coronavirus cases per day in the last seven days dropped from 36 on Monday to 31 on Wednesday.
The department also announced an additional coronavirus-related death, bringing the total to 21.
On Oct. 2, the Hays City Commission voted to extend the ordinance requiring face coverings until the seven-day new case average was five or fewer for 14 straight days. The per-day average in Ellis County has not dropped to that level since the metric began to be reported.
There were 73 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Ellis County since Monday. There are currently 399 active cases, including 12 active hospitalizations, and 1,561 recovered cases.
The seven-day average of percent of positive tests dropped to 38.5percent.
Since reporting began, there have been 1,981 cases of COVID-19 identified in Ellis County, including 21 deaths.
Of the total 11,945 tests administered, 15.5 percent have returned positive for coronavirus.
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.