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COVID-19 surge continues here, around the state

Texas reported more than 9,000 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 245 more deaths while in Central Texas the total count rose by almost 300 and three more area residents diagnosed with the virus died. (AP photo/file)
Texas reported more than 9,000 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 245 more deaths while in Central Texas the total count rose by almost 300 and three more area residents diagnosed with the virus died. (AP photo/file)(AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 3:25 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2020 at 7:54 PM CDT
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(KWTX) – Texas reported 9,167 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 245 more deaths while in Central Texas the total count rose by 274 to 11,487 and three more area residents diagnosed with the virus died.

Bell, Hill and Lampasas counties each reported one additional death Tuesday, increasing the regional death count to at least 107, although there are discrepancies between state and local data because the state is now basing its count on information from death certificates and county of residence.

Based on revised state data based on death certificates and county of residence, the virus has claimed the lives 33 Bell County residents, 13 more than the local count of 20; two Bosque County residents; five Coryell County residents, one more than the local count; two Falls County residents; two Hamilton County residents; four Hill County residents; two Lampasas County residents; one Leon County resident; three Limestone County residents; 40 McLennan County residents, 11 fewer than the local count of 51; three Milam County residents; eight Navarro County residents, four fewer than the local count of 12; and two Robertson County residents, one fewer than the local count.

The total number of confirmed cases statewide rose to 451,181 Tuesday.

Of that number, 137,658 cases were active and 306,262 patients have recovered, according to Texas Department of State Health Services data.

The statewide death toll stood at 7,261 Tuesday.

More than 8,600 patients were hospitalized statewide Tuesday while in the two Trauma Service Regions that include most of Central Texas, nearly 130 were in hospitals.

Almost 3.9 million tests have been administered in the state and four of the state’s 254 counties still remain free of the virus.

The McAllen Convention Center will be used to treat as many 250 patients to ease the strain on local hospitals, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday.

The state’s positivity rate had climbed to 13.88% as of Monday, the most recent figure available.

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BELL COUNTY

Bell County reported 82 new cases of the virus Tuesday and a 20th death, a Harker Heights man in his 60s who had been battling the virus since June.

A total of 3,574 cases have been confirmed in the county and 2,207 of the patients have recovered, according to Bell County Public Health District data.

The state count, which includes Fort Hood personnel who live on post, rose by 102 to 3,598 Tuesday.

The state’s revised data shows 33 Bell County residents diagnosed with the virus have died, 13 more than the local count.

The Bell County Health District reported 19 deaths 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

McLennan County reported 123 new cases Tuesday, increasing the county’s total to 4,694.

For the first time in a week, the county did not report any deaths linked to the virus.

The Waco-McLennan County Health District says 1,869 of the cases are active and 2,774 patients have recovered.

Sixty four patients were hospitalized, 50 of them McLennan County residents, and 14 were on ventilators.

The most recent cases involve four residents whose ages range from 1 to10; nine whose ages range from 11 to 19; 25 in their 20s, 19 in their 30s; 21 in their 40s; 16 in their 50s; seven who range in age from 60 to 64; five who range in age from 65 to 69; six who range in age from 70 to 74; three who range in age from 75 to 79 and eight who are 80 or older.

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.

Local data shows 51 deaths from the virus in the county, but revised state data based on death certificates and county of residence showed 40 deaths Tuesday.

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.

The death of an 81-year-old man was reported on July 31.

Health officials reported the death of a 66-year-old woman on Aug. 1 and the deaths of a 62-year-old woman and a 90-year-old woman on Aug. 2.

On Aug. 3 the deaths of a 62-year-old woman, a 77-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman, were reported.

CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County reported a total of 382 cases Tuesday, an increase of five.

Of the total, 93 patients have recovered and 285 cases remain active.

The state report, which includes state prison inmates, stood at 620 Tuesday with 413 recoveries.

Five members of Victory Baptist Church at 502 West Business 190 in Copperas Cove have tested positive for COVID-19 and other test results are pending after about 20 members began to exhibit symptoms of the virus, according to a post and a video on the church’s Facebook page. A video that has since been deleted from the website indicated that the symptoms appeared after the appearance of a guest speaker from Iowa. As of Monday a total of 198 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Copperas Cove and 145 of the cases were active.

The county's death toll is five, according to state data, but according to local data 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

Limestone County’s total rose by two to 201 Tuesday.

A total of 105 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 810 confirmed and 132 probable cases of the virus Tuesday.

Of that number, 148 cases were active and 782 patients have recovered.

Nine patients were hospitalized Tuesday.

The county is reporting 12 deaths from the virus, but according to state data, eight Navarro County residents diagnosed with the virus have died.

OTHER COUNTIES

According to the latest figures Tuesday, Bosque County was reporting 135 cases with 63 recoveries. Revised state data based on death certificates showed two deaths in the county. A Clifton ISD school band member has tested positive for COVID-19, the district’s superintendent, Andy Ball, said in a letter to parents Tuesday. The student last had contact on campus with band students and staff on July 31, Ball wrote. The district is suspending all band practices until Aug. 10 and is taking steps to sanitize any facilities in which the student may have been.

Falls County had 112 cases with 61 recoveries Tuesday. State data showed two deaths.

Freestone County was reporting 139 cases and 83 recoveries.

Hamilton County was reporting 55 cases and 39 recoveries Tuesday. Revised state figures show two deaths.

Hill County reported 311 confirmed cases and 176 recoveries Tuesday. Four county residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to the revised state data.

Lampasas County reported 83 cases of the virus and 42 recoveries Tuesday. Two residents of the county diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data.

Leon County reported 138 cases and 101 recoveries Tuesday. Revised state figures show one resident has died.

Milam County reported 327 cases Tuesday, an increase of 13, with 296 recoveries. Twenty three cases were active. Three Milam County residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to both state and local data. Four patients were hospitalized.

Mills County reported 16 cases with seven recoveries Tuesday.

Robertson County was still reporting 226 cases Tuesday, an increase of nine since Friday. Of that number, 119 cases were active and 107 patients have recovered. One resident of the county diagnosed with the virus has died, according to local data. The state reports two deaths.

San Saba County reported 22 cases and 10 recoveries Tuesday.

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