The Ellis County Health Department on Wednesday reported the average number of new coronavirus cases per day in the last seven days fell from 13 on Monday to nine on Wednesday.
The department also announced three additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total to 34.
There were 41 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Ellis County since Monday. There are currently 246 active cases, including eight active hospitalizations of Ellis County residents, and 2,852 recovered cases.
As of Wednesday, there were 23 COVID-19 inpatients at HaysMed, down from 27 on Tuesday, with 18 of those active patients and five in the recovery phase.
The seven-day average of percent of positive tests jumped to 20 percent Wednesday from just more than 14 percent on Monday.
Since reporting began, there have been 3,132 cases of COVID-19 identified in Ellis County, including 34 coronavirus-related deaths.
Of the total 16,492 tests administered, 17.8 percent have returned positive for COVID-19.
Due to the Christmas holiday, a case update is not expected Friday.
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.