COVID 19: Central Texas case total tops 10,600, four more deaths reported
(KWTX) – The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Central Texas rose by 215 to 10,645 Thursday and area health officials reported at least three more deaths linked to the virus, two in McLennan County and one in Navarro County.
The Texas Department of State Health Services, rather than calculating the death toll using data from local health districts, is now basing the total on causes of death listed on death certificates and assigning deaths based on the county of residence.
Only deaths directly attributed to the virus are counted.
According to the revised count, at least 95 patients diagnosed with the virus in Central Texas have now died including 29 in Bell County, 10 more than the local count of 19; two in Bosque County; five in Coryell County, one more than the local count; two in Falls County; one in Hamilton County, revised downward from two earlier; one in Hill County, revised downward from two earlier; one in Leon County; three in Limestone County; 39 in McLennan County, five fewer than the local count of 42; three in Milam County; eight in Navarro County, four fewer than the local count of 12; and one in Robertson County.
Statewide the total case count rose by 8,800 Thursday to 412,107.
Eighty four more deaths were reported Thursday in Texas, raising the statewide death toll to 6,274.
Of the total cases, 145,291 were active and 260,542 patients have recovered.
At least 9,296 patients were hospitalized Thursday in Texas, down almost 300 from Wednesday’s count.
In the Two Trauma Service Regions that include most of Central Texas 148 were hospitalized Thursday, down almost 20 from the day before.
A total of about 3.6 million tests have been administered and the virus is present in all but four of the state’s 254 counties.
Bell County reported 92 new cases Thursday, increasing the county’s total to 3,361.
Seventy five of the 92 were new cases and the rest were older cases from data the Bell County Public Health District received on Wednesday.
Of that number, 1,869 have recovered.
“We are still seeing the trend of the younger age groups driving cases and a continued increase in cases among those younger than 20 years old,” health district Director Dr. Amanda Robison-Chadwell said.
“I want to emphasize that, while we are happy to see and encouraged by the downward trend, but please do not take this as a sign that COVID-19 is a thing of the past. It is still spreading in many places and our numbers are not nearly low enough yet,” she said.
“We should continue our efforts to socially distance, mask, wash hands and remain home when sick. It’s important that everyone continue to keep up the effort and we thank you all for helping us fight this virus. We are all in this together.”
According to the state's revised county Thursday, 29 Bell County residents diagnosed with the virus have died.
The Bell County Health District's report, however, listed a total of 19 deaths.
Eighteen residents diagnosed with the virus 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; 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; a Bell County man in his 20s who died outside of the county whose death was reported on July 10; a Bell County man in his 70s whose death was reported on July 15; A Temple man in his 90s whose death was reported on July 17; a Killeen man in his 70s whose death was reported on July 17; a Killeen woman in her 70s whose death was reported on July 19, and a man in his 80s who was a resident of the Indian Oaks Living Center in Harker Heights whose death was reported on July 29.
McLennan County reported 71 new cases Thursday, boosting the county’s total to 4,263.
The county also reported two more deaths, an 83-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman.
The county’s death toll now stands at 44, according to local data, but the revised state figures show 39 deaths.
Sixty four patients were hospitalized Thursday, 17 of them on ventilators.
Fifty two of the 64 are McLennan County residents.
Of the latest cases, one involves a resident who ranges in age from 1 to 10; four involve residents who range in age from 11 to 19; eight involve residents in their 20s; eight involve residents in their 30s; 10 involve residents in their 40s; 10 involve residents in their 50s; five involve residents in their 60s; two involve residents whose ages range from 60 to 64; two involve residents whose ages range from 65 to 69; two whose ages range from 75 to 79 and one who is 80 or older.
Ages weren’t available for 17 others.
Outbreaks at 16 separate long-term care facilities account for 328 confirmed cases and 18 of the county's 39 deaths, officials said
One McLennan County Jail inmate and two staff members have also tested positive, County Judge Scott Felton said Wednesday.
Drive-thru testing, for which online registration is required, will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 3 at McGregor High School at 9303 Bluebonnet Parkway.
Free COVID-19 testing with no registration required will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 13 to Aug. 15 at the Highlander Gym on the McLennan Community College Campus.
No more than 600 tests will be administered daily at each site.
COVID-19 earlier claimed the lives of 42 McLennan County residents.
Among the first to die of the virus in the county were G.W. Carver Middle School Principal Phillip Perry, who died of complications from the virus on March 31; a 61-year old McLennan County man whom a neighbor found dead on April 8; a 69-year-old man who died on April 9 at a local hospital, and a 66-year-old resident whose death was announced on April 22.
The others include a 46-year-old man with no apparent underlying issues who died June 18 in a Waco hospital, a 44-year-old man who died on June 23 in a local hospital; a 53-year-old man who died on June 28 at a local hospital; an 89-year-old man who died on June 29 at a local hospital; an 87-year-old man who died June 29 at a local hospital; a 62-year-old woman and a 77-year-old man whose deaths were reported on July 4; a 71-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man whose deaths were reported on July 6; a 72-year-old man whose death was reported on July 8; a 41-year-old woman whose death was reported on July 9; a 93-year-old woman who died on July 11 at a local hospital; a 42-year-old woman who died July 12 at a local hospital; a 73-year-old man who died on July 13 at his home; an 87-year-old woman who died on July 14 at a local hospital; an 87-year-old woman who died late on July 15 at a local long term care facility; a 75-year-old man who died on July 16 at a local hospital; a 66-year-old man who died July 17 at a local hospital; a 69-year-old woman, whose death was reported on July 18; an 82-year-old woman whose death was reported on July 18; a 97-year-old woman whose death was reported on July 21, and a 43-year-old man and two 88-year-old men whose deaths were reported on July 22.
The county reported a single-day record of four deaths on July 23, a 52-year-old woman, a 70-year-old woman, a 97-year-old woman and an 83-year-old woman.
The county reported three more deaths on July 24, a 70-year-old woman, an 84-year-old woman and a 55-year old man, raising the death toll from the virus to 35, an increase of 13 since July 17.
The death of a 55-year-old woman was reported on July 27.
On July 28, the county reported three more deaths from the virus, a 72-year-old man, an 84-year-old man and a 91-year-old man.
The deaths of a 75-year-old man, an 87-year-old woman and an 84-year-old woman were reported on July 29.
Coryell County reported a total of 361 cases Thursday, an increase of five.
Of that number, 258 cases were active and 99 patients have recovered.
The state's report, which includes Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates, rose by four to 589 Thursday with 397 recoveries.
The county's death toll now stands at five, according to state data, but according to local data the virus has claimed four 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's total rose 169 Thursday, an increase of six.
Ninety six patients have recovered.
Three Limestone County residents have died of the virus, according to state data.
The first was a Mexia woman in her late 50s to early 60s with underlying health conditions who died on March 31 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia after she was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Navarro County reported a total of 763 cases Thursday, an increase of 12.
Of that number, 178 cases were active and 686 patients have recovered.
Ten patients were hospitalized Thursday.
The county reported a 12th death Thursday, but the revised state count shows that eight Navarro County residents diagnosed with the virus have died.
According to the latest figures Thursday Bosque County was reporting 112 cases including 36 who have recovered. Revised state data based on death certificates showed two deaths in the county.
Falls County had 108 cases with 51 recoveries Thursday. Revised state figures show two residents have died.
Freestone County was reporting 137 cases with 70 recoveries.
Hamilton County was reporting 54 cases with 34 recoveries. The number of deaths in the county under the state's revised formula stood at one Thursday.
Hill County reported 301 cases Thursday, an increase of four, with 151 recoveries. The state lists one death in the county.
Lampasas County reported 83 cases Thursday with 39 recoveries. According to the revised state figures Wednesday, one resident had died, but Thursday’s data showed no deaths.
Leon County reported 137 cases Thursday with 87 recoveries. Revised state figures show one resident has died.
Milam County reported 302 cases Thursday with 253 recoveries. State and local data showed three deaths.
Mills County reported 14 cases with six recoveries Thursday,
Robertson County reported 217 cases Thursday with 86 recoveries. Local figures showed no deaths, but the revised state data showed one. A total of 123 cases are active and 94 patients have recovered.
San Saba County reported 21 cases and eight recoveries Wednesday.
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