The Ellis County Health Department on Friday reported the average number of new coronavirus cases per day in the last seven days again jumped from 25 on Wednesday to 30 on Friday.
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 84 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Ellis County since Wednesday. There are currently 340 active cases, including 11 active hospitalizations, and 1,362 recovered cases.
The seven-day average of percent of positive tests rose to 41 percent.
Since reporting began, there have been 1,820 cases of COVID-19 identified in Ellis County, including 18 deaths.
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.