Corrected, 10 p.m. Wednesday to clarify headline. Hays Post apologizes for the error.
The Ellis County Health Department on Wednesday reported the average number of new coronavirus cases per day in the last seven days jumped from 19 on Monday to 25 on Wednesday.
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 102 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Ellis County since Monday. There are currently 288 active cases, including eight active hospitalizations, and 1,430 recovered cases.
The seven-day average of percent of positive tests spiked to 40.3 percent.
Since reporting began, there have been 1,736 cases of coronavirus reported in Ellis County, including 18 deaths.
Of the total 11,323 tests administered, 14.4 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.