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Central Texas COVID-19 death toll rises to at least 100

At least 100 Central Texas residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died, according to figures released Friday afternoon, and the number of residents confirmed to have the virus is approaching 11,000. (File)
At least 100 Central Texas residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died, according to figures released Friday afternoon, and the number of residents confirmed to have the virus is approaching 11,000. (File)(WCTV)
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 3:09 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 5:06 PM CDT
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(KWTX) - The death toll from COVID-19 in Central Texas rose by at least five to 100 Friday including an 81-year-old McLennan County man and the total number of area residents confirmed to have the virus rose by 225 to 10,870, according to state and local data.

Based on revised state data based on death certificates and county of residence, the virus has claimed the lives of 30 Bell County residents, 11 more than the local count of 19; Two Bosque County residents; five Coryell County residents, one more than the local count; two Falls County residents; two Hamilton County residents; three Hill County residents; one Lampasas County resident; one Leon County resident; three Limestone County residents; 39 McLennan County residents, six fewer than the local count of 45; three Milam County residents; eight Navarro County residents, four fewer than the local count of 12; and one Robertson County count resident.

The statewide death toll rose by 295 to 6,569 Friday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services, after shifting to death certificate data earlier this week, lowered the statewide death toll by 225 Thursday after discovering an automation error that included the cases although COVID-19 wasn’t listed as the direct cause of death.

The total number of cases in Texas rose by 8,839 to 420,946 Friday.

Of that number, 141,186 cases are active and 273,191 patients have recovered.

Hospitalizations rose statewide by 40 to 9,336 Friday.

The number of patients hospitalized in the two Trauma Service Regions that include most of Central Tease rose by almost 30 to 177 Friday.

Nearly 3.7 million tests have been administered in Texas, where the virus is present in all but four the state’s 254 counties.

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BELL COUNTY

Bell County reported 29 new cases Friday, increasing the county’s total to 3,390.

The state report, which includes Fort Hood personnel who live on post, rose by 92 to 3,467.

Of the total, 1,869 patients have recovered.

According to the state's revised county Friday 30 Bell County residents diagnosed with the virus have died.

The Bell County Health District's report, however, listed a total of 19 deaths 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

McLennan County reported 63 new cases of the virus Friday and another death, an 81-year-old man, increasing the county’s total count to 4,326 and the death toll to 45, six more than the total of 39 based on revised state data.

Seventy patients were hospitalized Friday, 16 of them on ventilators.

Of the 70, 61 are McLennan County residents.

Of the latest cases, two involve residents whose ages range from 1 to 10; seven involve residents whose ages range from 11 to 19; 19 involve residents in their 20s; 13 involve residents in their 30s; six involve residents in their 40s; five involve residents in their 50s; four involves residents whose ages range from 60 to 64; two involve residents whose ages range from 65 to 69; two involve residents whose ages range from 70 to 79 and three involve residents who are 80 or older.

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.

The Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo this fall in Waco will include a livestock show and one rodeo, but won’t include concerts or the popular midway carnival and games, organizers announced Friday. The livestock show will be spread out over 19 days from Sept. 30 to Oct. 18 in the Extraco Coliseum to ensure that social-distancing and other health guidelines are followed. Capacity will be limited to 50%. The rodeo is scheduled for Oct. 10 to Oct. 11 and Oct. 15 to Oct. 17 and a bullfight is scheduled for Oct. 18, all at the coliseum. 

The Midway ISD will start both in-person and online instruction on Aug. 24, the district said in a text to parents Friday morning.

Waco’s Municipal Court reopens Monday after an employee tested positive earlier this month for COVID-19. The facility has been sanitized.

Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex will reopen for members only on Aug. 1 and on Aug. 8 will reopen to the public. The museum will operate at 25% capacity or less.

COVID-19 earlier claimed the lives of 44 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.

On July 30, the county reported the deaths of an 83-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman.

CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County reported five new cases Friday, increasing the total to 366, an increase of five.

Of the total, 93 have recovered and 269 cases are active.

The state report, which includes state prison inmates, rose by 14 to 603.

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

Limestone County's total rose to 199 Friday, an increase of 30.

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

Navarro County reported a total of 767 cases Friday, an increase of four.

Of that number, 180 cases were active and 699 patients have recovered.

Thirteen patients were hospitalized Friday.

The county reported a 12th death Thursday, but the revised state count shows that eight Navarro County residents diagnosed with the virus have died.

OTHER COUNTIES

According to the latest figures Friday, Bosque County was reporting 121 cases including 39 who have recovered. Revised state data based on death certificates showed two deaths in the county.

Falls County had 109 cases with 53 recoveries Friday. Revised state figures show two residents have died.

Freestone County was reporting 138 cases and 77 recoveries.

Hamilton County was reporting 55 cases with 34 recoveries. The number of deaths in the county under the state's revised formula rose to two Friday.

Hill County reported 306 cases Friday and 156 recoveries. Three county residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to the revised state data.

Lampasas County reported 83 cases Friday with 39 recoveries. One resident of the county diagnosed with the virus has died, according to state data.

Leon County reported 137 cases Friday with 90 recoveries. Revised state figures show one resident has died.

Milam County reported 306 cases Friday with 276 recoveries. State and local data showed three deaths.

Mills County reported 15 cases with six recoveries Friday.

Robertson County was still reporting 217 cases Friday 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 nine recoveries Friday.

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