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COVID-19: A day of grim milestones

The total number of lives lost statewide to COVID-19 increased to more than 8,000 Friday while the area toll increased to almost 130 with the reports of nine more deaths, seven of them in a single Central Texas county as the regional case count topped 12,000. (AP/file)
The total number of lives lost statewide to COVID-19 increased to more than 8,000 Friday while the area toll increased to almost 130 with the reports of nine more deaths, seven of them in a single Central Texas county as the regional case count topped 12,000. (AP/file)(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 3:13 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2020 at 6:19 PM CDT
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(KWTX) - The total number of lives lost statewide to COVID-19 rose by 293 to 8,096 Friday while the area toll rose to almost 130 with the reports of nine more deaths, seven of them in McLennan County, as the total number of confirmed cases in Central Texas topped 12,000.

Bell and Hill County each reported one new death Friday.

According to revised state data based on death certificates and counties of residence, the virus has claimed the lives of 36 Bell County residents, 14 more than the local count of 22; two Bosque County residents; five Coryell County residents, one more than the local count; three Falls County residents; three Hamilton County residents; seven Hill County residents; two Lampasas County residents; two Leon County residents; three Limestone County residents; 52 McLennan County residents, 10 fewer than the local count of 62; three Milam County residents; eight Navarro County residents, five fewer than the local count of 13; and two Robertson County residents, one fewer than the local count.

The total number of cases confirmed in Central Texas rose by 178 to 12,090 Friday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 7,039 new cases of the virus, raising the total number of confirmed cases statewide to 474,524.

Of the total, 134,760 cases were active and 331, 668 patients have recovered.

The number of hospitalizations statewide dropped by about 235 to 8,065 on Friday while the number of patients hospitalized in the two Trauma Service Regions that include most of Central Texas remained steady at about 140.

The statewide positivity rate dropped slightly Friday from 17.09% to 16.79%

More than 4 million tests have been administered statewide.

Four of the state’s 254 counties still have not reported any confirmed cases of the virus.

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BELL COUNTY

Bell County health officials reported another death Friday, a Bell County woman in her 70s who was diagnosed with the virus in July.

She died on Thursday.

The death raised the toll from the virus in the county to 22, according to local data.

State data, based on death certificates and counties of residence, show that 36 Bell County residents diagnosed with the virus have died, an increase of three over Thursday.

Bell County reported 46 new cases Friday, increasing the county’s total to 3,725.

Of the total, 2,527 patients have recovered.

The state count, which includes Fort Hood personnel who live on post, rose by 52 to 3,785.

“Please continue to exercise vigilance in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Bell County Public Health District Director Dr. Amanda Robison-Chadwell said Friday.

The Bell County Health District reported 21 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; 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, a Harker Heights man in his 60s who had battled the virus since June whose death was reported on Aug. 4; and a Killeen woman in her 70s whose death was reported on Aug. 6.

MCLENNAN COUNTY

The news was grim Friday in McLennan County where health officials reported seven deaths from the virus, a one-day record.

The deaths of five women, ages 98, 61, 68, 91 and 83, and two men, ages 81 and 90, were announced late Friday afternoon.

The deaths raised the toll from the virus in the county to 62, according to local data.

State data, based on death certificates and counties of residence, show 52 residents diagnosed with the virus have died.

The county also reported 43 new cases of the virus Friday, increasing the county’s total to 4,889.

Of that number, 1,832 cases were active.

Fifty nine patients were hospitalized Friday, 17 of them on ventilators. Forty seven of the 59 are county residents.

A total of 2,995 patients have recovered.

One of the new cases involves an infant younger than 1; six involve residents whose ages range from 11 to 19; seven involve residents in their 20s; seven involve residents in their 30s; six involve residents in their 40s; six involve residents in their 50s; three involve residents whose ages range from 60 to 64; three involve residents whose ages range from 65 to 69; two involve residents whose ages range from 70 to 74; one involves a resident whose age ranges from 75 to 79 and one is 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.

Fifty five McLennan County residents died earlier of the virus.

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.

On Aug. 5, health officials reported the deaths of a 69-year-old man and an 87-year-old man.

The deaths of two more residents were reported on Aug. 6, a 67-year-old man and a 90-year-old man.

CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County reported 403 total case Friday, an increase of 21 since the count was last updated on Tuesday.

Of the total, 135 patients have recovered and 264 cases were active.

The state’s count, which includes state prison inmates, increased by six Friday to 660.

Of the total 456 patients have recovered.

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 11 to 220 Friday.

A total of 122 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 15 additional cases Friday, raising the total to 856.

The county also listed 141 probable cases.

Of the total, 155 cases were active and 829 patients have recovered.

Nine patients were hospitalized Friday.

The county is reporting 13 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 Friday, Bosque County was reporting 155 cases, an increase of 3, with 79 recoveries. Revised state data based on death certificates showed two deaths in the county.

Falls County had 124 confirmed cases Friday, an increase of one, and 83 recoveries. State data showed three deaths.

Freestone County was reporting 161 cases Friday, an increase of 11, with 102 recoveries.

Hamilton County was reporting 80 cases Friday, an increase of 23. A total of 43 patients have recovered. Three residents have died of the virus, according to state data.

Hill County reported a seventh death Friday based on revised state data and 318 cases, an increase of five. A total of 199 patients have recovered.

Lampasas County reported 90 cases of the virus and 56 recoveries Friday. Two residents of the county diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data.

Leon County reported 141 cases and 109 recoveries Friday. Revised state figures show two have died.

Milam County was still reporting 333 cases Friday with 306 recoveries. Twenty four cases were active. Three Milam County residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to both state and local data. One patient was hospitalized.

Mills County reported 19 cases with nine recoveries Friday.

Robertson County was still reporting 236 confirmed cases Friday. Of that number, 125 cases were active and 111 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 23 cases and 13 recoveries Friday.

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