The Ellis County Health Department on Monday reported the average number of new coronavirus cases per day in the last seven days again fell — from 10 on Friday to eight on Monday.
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.
It is the first time since the health department began reporting the seven-day average metric that it has been in the single digits.
The department reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County since Friday. There are currently 93 active cases, including seven active hospitalizations, and 1,261 recovered cases.
The seven-day average of percent of positive tests fell from 15.8 percent on Friday to 15.2 percent on Monday.
Since reporting began, there have been 1,372 cases of COVID-19 identified in Ellis County, including 18 coronavirus-related deaths.
Of the 10,225 total tests administered, 12.6 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.