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COVID: 19: Texas case count rises by 7,300, area count tops 4,000

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall/file)
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Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 4:37 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2020 at 5:41 PM CDT
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(KWTX) – The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 7,355 new cases of COVID-19 and the regional count rose by 397 to 4,111 on the first day of the long Independence Day weekend Friday.

Nationally, the count rose by a record 52,000.

Waco-McLennan County public health officials reported a record 271 new cases Friday.

The county’s total has nearly doubled since Monday when it stood at 795.

McLennan County now has the most cases of any county in Central Texas.

Residents of all but a handful of area counties must wear face coverings if they venture out over the weekend.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order Thursday that requires residents to wear face masks in public places in counties with more than 20 active cases of the virus under possible penalty of a $250 fine for violations.

Statewide, the total count stood at 183,352 cases Friday, 87,385 of which were active.

The state is reporting 93,752 recoveries.

About 2.3 million tests have been administered and the virus is now present in all but eight of the state’s 254 counties.

COVID-19 has claimed at least 2,575 lives in Texas.

Thirty four people diagnosed with the virus have died in Central Texas including 13 in Bell County, two in Coryell County, one in Hamilton County, one in Hill County, one in Limestone County, nine in McLennan County, one in Milam County, and six in Navarro County.

BELL COUNTY

Bell County reported 43 new cases Friday, pushing the county's local total to 1,417.

The state's count, which includes Fort Hood personnel who live on post, rose to 1,480, an increase of 86.

A total of 421 patients have recovered, and 13 have died 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; two men in their 80s whose deaths were reported on June 17, both of whom were residents of Weston Inn Nursing & Rehabilitation in Temple; a man in his 60s whose was reported on June 19 who also was a former resident of Weston Inn; a woman in her 50s with underlying conditions whose death was reported on June 22; a man in his 90s who died on June 25, and a Killeen woman in her 80s whose death was reported on June 29.

MCLENNAN COUNTY

McLennan County reported 271 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, another one-day record, increasing the county’s total to 1,563, nearly double the 795 cases the county reported on Monday.

Of the total 1,258 cases are active, 296 patients have recovered.

Thirty seven people were hospitalized Friday, five of them on ventilators.

Twenty eight of the 37 are county residents.

Of the latest confirmed cases, 10 involve children 10 or younger; 41 involve residents from 11 to 19; 72 involve residents in their 20s; 41 involve residents in their 30s; 40 involve residents in their 40s; 31 involve residents in their 50s, and 36 involve residents who are 60 or older.

Nine residents have died including a 44-year-old man who died on June 23 in a local hospital; 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, a 46-year-old man with no apparent underlying issues who died June 18 in a Waco hospital, a 53-year-old Hispanic man who died on June 28 at a local hospital; an 89-year-old Caucasian man who died on June 29 at a local hospital and 87-year-old Hispanic man who died June 29 at a local 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.

CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County reported 123 cases Friday, 45 of which were active.

Seventy six patients have recovered.

The state's count, which includes inmates of Texas Department of Criminal Justice units in the county, stood at 336 Friday.

The virus 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.

LIMESTONE COUNTY

Sixty 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.

Nineteen patients in Limestone County have recovered.

NAVARRO COUNTY

The total number of confirmed cases of the virus in Navarro County rose to 283 Friday, up 21 from the 262 reported Thursday.

The county reported 91 active cases and 186 recoveries.

Eleven patients were hospitalized.

The virus has claimed six lives in the county.

OTHER COUNTIES

According to the latest figures Friday Bosque County was reporting 16 cases including four who have recovered; Falls County had 31 cases with 11 recoveries; Freestone County reported 33 cases with 10 recoveries; Hamilton County reported 21 with one death and eight recoveries; Hill County reported 75, with one death and 17 recoveries; Lampasas County had 20 cases with 12 recoveries; Leon County reported 33 cases with six recoveries; Milam County reported 92 with one death and 73 recoveries; Mills County, which was the only county in the region without an active case reported four new cases Friday for a total of five with one recovery; Robertson County had 58 cases with 10 recoveries; and San Saba County had five cases with one recovery.

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