COVID-19: Fewer new cases, but more hospitalizations, more deaths

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 2:39 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2020 at 7:34 PM CDT
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(KWTX) - (KWTX) - The COVID-19 curve was beginning to flatten slightly Wednesday in Central Texas, but local officials said they are concerned about rising hospitalizations as they reported three more deaths from the virus and an increase in the number of hospitalized patients, including a toddler diagnosed with the virus.

The case count in Central Texas rose to 7,327 Wednesday, more than 170 of whom are hospitalized, according to state data.

Fifty one people diagnosed with the virus have now died including 15 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 eight in Navarro County.

Texas reported a record 10,791 new cases of COVID-19 and 110 more deaths, also a one-day record.

Thirty five of the 110 deaths occurred Wednesday morning in Hidalgo County alone, officials said.

The state now has a total of 282, 365 cases of the virus, 129,657 of which are active.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says 149,276 patients have recovered.

The statewide total was adjusted Wednesday to remove almost 3,500 probable cases that Bexar County reported before the San Antonio Metro Health District clarified its reporting to separate confirmed and probable cases.

More than 2.9 million tests have been administered and the virus is present in 249 of the state’s 254 counties.


The total number of cases in Bell County rose by 85 to 2,375 Wednesday and the county recorded a 15th death, a man in his 70s who was hospitalized earlier this month.

Of the total 627 have recovered.

“We are still seeing our age groups those under the age of 60 being the predominant drivers of case counts,” Bell County Public Health District Director Amanda Robison-Chadwell said Wednesday.

The state’s count, which includes Fort Hood personnel who live on post, rose by 106 to 2,396 Wednesday.

Fourteen died earlier 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 reported 85 new cases of the virus, boosting the county’s total to 3,005.

Of that number, 1,238 cases are active and 1,748 patients have recovered

The county also reported a 19th death Wednesday, an 87-year-old white woman died late Tuesday at a local hospital.

A toddler diagnosed with COVID-19 is among the dozens of area residents hospitalized in Waco because of the virus, Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver said during a virtual news conference Wednesday.

Deaver provided no additional details, but did say the toddler has been hospitalized for several days.

Seventy one patients were in the hospital Wednesday, 11 of them on ventilators.

Fifty six of them are McLennan County residents.

The most recent cases include 12 residents who range in age from 11 to 19; 17 residents in their 20s; 15 residents in their 30s; 12 residents in their 40s; 12 residents in their 50s, and 17 residents who are 60 or older.

The surge in new cases in the county is beginning to subside, which reflects the impact of orders requiring facial coverings in public places.

“There is new research this week that shows how important masks are,” said Dr. Mike Hardin, program director of the Waco Family Medicine Residency program.

“For weeks we said that masks protect others but now we see that masks protect the person wearing them.”

“Face shields aren’t as effective as cloth masks. They do not provide protection from droplets,” he said.

Researchers are finding increasing evidence that the virus may be airborne, spread through tiny droplets that can hang in the air, particularly in areas without outside airflow.

Police are responsible for enforcing the face covering requirement, and violators are subject to an initial warning and then fines of as much as $250.

“Police have reported they have issued fines for masks and only a few warnings,” Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver said.

“I have been pleased to see almost everyone have a mask on.”

“I know you don’t like doing it but we do it to protect each other,” he said.

But the signs aren’t entirely positive, Deaver said.

“The concerning news is that we continue to rise in hospitalizations,” he said.

The positivity rate, which is now around 21%, is still climbing as well, he said.

The rate needs to be reduced to 5%, he said.

Eighteen 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; a 41-year-old black woman whose death was reported on July 9; a 93-year-old white woman who died on July 11 at a local hospital; a 42-year-old black woman who died July 12 at a local hospital, and a 73-year-old white man who died on July 13 at his home.

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 reported 204 cases Wednesday, 122 of which were active.

Seventy eight patients have recovered.

The state’s count Wednesday, which includes Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates, rose by 2 to 418 with 258 recoveries.

The virus has claimed four lives in the county including 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; a Copperas Cove man in his 60s who was diagnosed with the virus on April 5; a Copperas Cove man whose death was reported on July 8, and a Gatesville man in his 60s whose death was reported on July 12.


Limestone County reported 110 cases Wednesday, an increase of three.

Nineteen patients have recovered, according to the Department of State Health Services.

One resident has died.

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 reported 512 cases Wednesday, an increase of 42.

Of the total 116 cases were active and 388 patients had recovered.

The county reported its eighth death from the virus on Wednesday.

Fifteen patients were hospitalized on Wednesday.


According to the latest figures Wednesday, Bosque County was reporting 43 cases including four who have recovered; Falls County had 57 cases with 12 recoveries; Freestone County reported 83 cases with 14 recoveries; Hamilton County reported 39 with one death and eight recoveries; Hill County reported 177 with two deaths and 23 recoveries; Lampasas County had 44 cases with 15 recoveries; Leon County reported 104 cases, with seven recoveries; Milam County reported 191 cases with one death and 132 recoveries; Mills County, reported seven cases and one recovery; Robertson County had 132 cases with 20 recoveries; and San Saba County had nine cases with one recovery.

The number of recoveries the Texas Department of State Health Services reported Wednesday was lower than in previous reports.,

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