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State reports 3,500 new COVID cases; 71 reported here with another death

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state rose to more than 100,000 Friday while Central Texas officials reported an additional death and more than 70 new cases as the local count rose to more than 1,700. (File)
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state rose to more than 100,000 Friday while Central Texas officials reported an additional death and more than 70 new cases as the local count rose to more than 1,700. (File)(WYMT)
Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 1:04 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 19, 2020 at 8:23 PM CDT
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(KWTX) - The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state increased by 3,454 to 103,305 Friday while Central Texas officials reported an additional death and 73 new cases as the area count rose to 1,718, leading one local mayor to order businesses to require customers and employees to wear face coverings.

Bell County reported a 10th death Friday, a man in his 60s who was a former resident of Weston Inn Nursing & Rehabilitation, where nearly 50 residents and employees tested positive for the virus.

The virus has claimed a total of 25 lives in Central Texas including the 10 in Bell County, two in Coryell County, one in Hamilton County, one in Hill County, one in Limestone County, five in McLennan County, one in Milam County, and four in Navarro County.

The Texas Department of Health Services reported 35,836 active cases of the virus Friday, 65,329 recoveries and 2,140 deaths.

More than 1.6 million tests have been administered and the virus is now present in 239 of the state’s 254 counties.

As the numbers continue to rise, officials in major Texas counties and cities are ordering businesses to require customers and employees to wear face coverings, which health experts almost universally agree help stem the spread of the virus.

Most Central Texas officials so far have balked at calls to issue such orders, which Gov. Greg Abbott told KWTX earlier this week are permissible under the emergency orders he’s issued in response to the outbreak, but Friday evening Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver issued an emergency order that requires businesses to require customers and employees to wear the coverings.

Bell County reported 17 new cases Friday which raised the county’s total to 716 with 305 recoveries.

The county’s local report does not include Fort Hood personnel, but the state report, which does, showed a total of 769 cases, an increase of 47.

Among the Bell County cases are two employees of the Buc-ee’s store in Temple.

They and any coworkers with whom they had direct contact were sent home to self-quarantine, the company said.

Nine people diagnosed with the virus in Bell County died earlier including a Killeen man in his 50s in ICU died who died on April 8, a Temple man in his 60s in intensive care who died on April 6 who died on April 6, a Temple woman in her 80s who had been diagnosed with the virus died on March 26; woman in her 90s who was a resident of West Inn Nursing and Rehabilitation whose death was announced on May 30; a resident of Weston Inn Nursing and Rehabilitation whose death was announced on June 3; a woman in her 60s who was a resident of Weston Inn whose death was reported on June 9, a woman in her 70s who was transferred on June 1 from Weston Inn Nursing and Rehabilitation to Scott & White Medical Center died on June 14; and two men in their 80s whose deaths were reported on June 17. They were both residents of Weston Inn Nursing & Rehabilitation in Temple.

Killeen will host mobile testing sites from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Jackson Professional Learning Center at 902 Rev. RA Abercrombie Dr., and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of God in Christ at 5201 Westcliff Rd.

Tests are free, but limited.

Drive-thru testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 24 at the Holland VFD Station at 105 Travis St. in Holland; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 at Central Bell County Fire & Rescue at 100 North Main St. in Nolanville, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 to June 28 at the Temple Central Fire Station at 210 North 3rd St.

Seventeen new cases were reported Friday in McLennan County, increasing the county’s total to 262.

Seven patients were hospitalized Friday, four in critical condition. Two of the seven aren’t county residents.

A total of 118 cases remain active, 139 patients have recovered and 392 residents are being actively monitored.

Two of the new cases involve children 10 or younger, two involve residents from 11 to 19, five involve residents in their 20s, two involve residents in their 30s, one involves a resident whose age ranges from 40 to 49, two involve residents in their 50s and three involve residents in their 60s.

Five McLennan County residents diagnosed with the virus have died including a 66-year-old resident whose death was announced on April 22; a 61-year old McLennan County man whom a neighbor found dead on April 8, and a 46-year-old man with no apparent underlying issues who died June 18 in a Waco hospital,

G.W. Carver Middle School Principal Phillip Perry, died of complications from the virus on March 31 and a 69-year-old man died on April 9 at a local hospital.

The state reported 305 cases Friday in Coryell County, but the county’s latest update, which does not include Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates or employees, showed 95 cases with 54 recoveries and two deaths.

Several prison units in Gatesville remain locked down because of the virus, which has claimed the lives of a Copperas Cove man in his 70s who died on April 9 at Advent Hospital in Killeen, to which he was admitted on April 2 and a Copperas Cove man in his 60s who was diagnosed with the virus on April 5.

Among the most recent cases in the county are one involving a Copperas Cove man in his 40s and a Copperas Cove woman in her 40s, both of whom are self-isolating.

Forty cases have been confirmed in Limestone County, which has recorded one death.

A Mexia woman in her late 50s to early 60s with underlying health conditions died on March 31 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia after she was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Seventeen patients in Limestone County have recovered.

According to the latest figures Friday, Bosque County was reporting seven cases including four who have recovered; Falls County had 22 cases with five recoveries; Freestone County reported 18 cases with nine recoveries; Hamilton County reported 18 with one death and six recoveries; Hill County reported 47, with one death and 17 recoveries; Lampasas County had 15 cases with seven recoveries; Leon County reported 13 cases with five recoveries; Milam County reported 57 with one death and 39 recoveries; Mills County had one case and the patient has recovered; Navarro County reported 120 cases with four deaths and 72 recoveries; Robertson County had 24 cases with nine recoveries; and San Saba County had two cases with one recovery.

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