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Ten new positive COVID-19 cases are reported by Hemphill County Hospital

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In the last week, Hemphill County Hospital officials have reported seven new coronavirus cases in Hemphill County residents, and three new cases involving out-of-county residents. Of those seven local positive cases, three are students at Canadian ISD, and one is a staff member—doubling the number of COVID cases on local campuses reported in the first two weeks of school.
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Eleven new positive COVID-19 cases are reported in Hemphill Co. this week

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In the last week, Hemphill County Hospital District officials have reported 11 new coronavirus tests of county residents. Two factors have affected the sudden spike: the spread of COVID-19 cases in residents and staff at the Edward Abraham Nursing Home, since the first two cases were reported there three weeks ago; and the start of classes at Canadian ISD, which began last Wednesday.
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HCH board proposes ‘no new tax,’ reviews $19.7 million budget

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In their meeting Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Hemphill County Hospital Board unanimously approved the tax rate proposal of 0.613007, the effective tax rate for fiscal year 2021. The ETR represents an I&S rate of 0.086088 and an M&O rate of 0.526919. HCH Administrator Christy Francis explained to the board that the ETR will raise $6,025,060 for the M&O, $216,000 less that in 2019. “This year, not only did the tax base go down, some things came off, and we had some refunds—which jacked up the ETR.”
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Hospital reports COVID-positives at Nursing Home

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Following two consecutive weeks of testing, the Edward Abraham Nursing Home is now reporting 10 positive cases of COVID-19—which includes six residents and four staff members.

Fifty-five tests conducted at the nursing home on staff and residents were negative. Between last week’s report and this week’s, the overall positive case count in Hemphill County rose from 48 to 54, and in other counties, from 29 to 31. The Hemphill County residents are on home isolation.

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School board debate over extracurricular policy to exclude at-home students ends in failed vote

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Following school board debate over extracurricular participation for at-home students, vote to exclude fails Two days before the official start of the 2020-21 school year, the Canadian ISD board of trustees was still deadlocked in the debate over whether or not those students who opt for virtual learning at home should be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities. The board had debated the issue at length already in its last meeting on Aug.