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COVID-19 in Central Texas: Nearly 50 deaths, more than 6,600 cases

Despite the searing summer heat, COVID-19 remains a deadly and ubiquitous threat in Central Texas where more than 6,600 residents have been diagnosed with the virus and nearly 50 have died. (File)
Despite the searing summer heat, COVID-19 remains a deadly and ubiquitous threat in Central Texas where more than 6,600 residents have been diagnosed with the virus and nearly 50 have died. (File)(mgn)
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 3:01 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2020 at 11:40 AM CDT
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(KWTX) - Despite the searing summer heat, COVID-19 remains a deadly and ubiquitous threat in Central Texas where at least 6,629 residents have been diagnosed with the virus and at least 49 have died.

In the two Trauma Service Areas that encompass most of Central Texas, at least 140 patients with lab-confirmed cases of the virus were hospitalized Monday.

Two McLennan County residents diagnosed with the virus died Monday morning, one in a local hospital and the other at home.

Residents younger than 60 and particularly those in their 20s continue to drive the surge, health officials say.

Statewide, the total number of confirmed cases rose to 264,313 Monday.

Of the total 124,569 are active and 136,419 have recovered.

At least 10,405 patients were hospitalized Monday.

County leaders in the hard-hit Rio Grande Valley on Monday asked Gov. Greg Abbott to give them broader emergency powers as hospitals exceed capacity.

Houston officials have also called for stay-at-home orders, while Abbott has said putting Texas back on lockdown is a last resort.

More than 2.8 million tests have been administered and the virus is present in all but seven of the state’s 254 counties.

At least 3,235 have died.

Forty nine people diagnosed with the virus have now died in Central Texas including 14 in Bell County, four in Coryell County, one in Hamilton County, two in Hill County, one in Limestone County, 19 in McLennan County, one in Milam County, and seven in Navarro County.

BELL COUNTY

The total number of cases in Bell County rose to 2,137 Monday.

Of the total 557 have recovered.

“We can still see cases being driven by those under 60 with the 20-29 demographic, in particular, making up 24.5% of all cases,” Bell County Public Health District Director Amanda Robison-Chadwell said.

The total includes 11 residents and 10 employees of the Indian Oaks Living Center at 415 Indian Oaks Dr. in Harker Heights, Robison-Chadwell said.

Fourteen have died in Bell County 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; a Killeen woman in her 80s whose death was reported on June 29; and a Bell County man in his 20s who died outside of the county whose death was reported on July 10.

MCLENNAN COUNTY

A 65-year-old white man died Monday morning in a local hospital and a 73-year-old white man who died Monday morning at his home.

The deaths were the 18th and 19th in the county linked to the virus.

McLennan County reported two deaths from the virus over the weekend.

A 93-year-old white woman died Saturday morning at a local hospital and a 42-year-old black woman died Sunday morning at a local hospital.

The Waco-McLennan County Health District reported 101 new cases of the virus on Monday boosting the total to 2,744, 2,299 of which were active.

A total of 201 new cases were confirmed over the weekend.

Sixty four patients were hospitalized Monday, 10 of them on ventilators

Fifty four of the 64 are McLennan County residents.

A total of 426 patients have recovered.

Of the most recent cases, seven involve residents who are 10 are younger; seven involve residents ranging in age from 11 to 19; 20 involve residents in their 20s; 11 involve residents in their 30s; 10 involve residents in their 40s; 10 involve residents in their 50s and 36 involve residents who are 60 or older.

Fifteen residents died earlier 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; an 87-year-old Hispanic man who died June 29 at a local hospital; a 62-year-old Hispanic woman and a 77-year-old African American man whose deaths were reported on July 4, and a 71-year-old Hispanic woman; a 76-year-old African American man whose deaths were reported on July 6; a 72-year-old Caucasian man whose death was reported on July 8 and a 41-year-old black woman whose death was reported on July 9.

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.

Because of the surge, Baylor University scrapped plans Monday to host an in-person ceremony in August for May and August graduates, opting instead for a virtual ceremony on Aug. 15.

As of Monday, 37 Baylor athletes had tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 12 since last week, although not all of the athletes, who are from multiple sports, are now in Waco.

Sixteen cases are active.

Ten of the athletes are asymptomatic and six are symptomatic, the school said.

Thirteen cases are being monitored.

CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County was reporting 164 cases on Monday while the state report, which includes Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates, stood at 404.

Of the local total, 82 cases were active and 78 patients have recovered.

The virus earlier 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

Limestone County reported 103 cases Monday

Forth two patients have recovered.

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.

NAVARRO COUNTY

Navarro County reported 470 cases on Monday.

Of the total 103 cases were active and 360 patients had recovered.

The county reported its seventh death from the virus last Thursday.

Thirteen patients were hospitalized Monday.

OTHER COUNTIES

According to the latest figures Monday, Bosque County was reporting 41 cases including nine who have recovered; Falls County had 56 cases with 23 recoveries; Freestone County reported 73 cases with 19 recoveries; Hamilton County reported 32 with one death and 16 recoveries; Hill County reported 145 with two deaths and 52 recoveries; Lampasas County had 39 cases with 17 recoveries; Leon County reported 98 cases, with 18 recoveries; Milam County reported 149 with one death and 96 recoveries; Mills County, reported seven cases and one recovery; Robertson County had 121 cases with 17 recoveries; and San Saba County had 10 cases with three recoveries.

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