The Ellis County Health Department reported Friday an increase in the average number of new coronavirus cases per day in the last seven days — from 11 on Wednesday to 13 on Friday.
The department also reported the sixth death related to COVID-19.
On Friday, 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.
There were 50 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the county since Wednesday. There are now 174 active cases of coronavirus, including 10 active hospitalizations, and 908 recovered cases.
The seven-day average of percent of positive test results rose to 19.1 percent, up from 16.7 percent Wednesday.
Since reporting began, there have been 1,088 cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County, including sixth deaths.
Of the 8,548 total tests conducted, 12.2 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.