COVID-19: Area case total nears 15,000, death toll almost 200

More than 250 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday in Central Texas, raising the total...
More than 250 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday in Central Texas, raising the total to 14,980 while the death toll for the region increased by 196. (File)
Published: Aug. 25, 2020 at 3:06 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2020 at 6:04 PM CDT
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(KWTX) – More than 250 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday in Central Texas, raising the total to 14,980 while the death toll for the region increased by 196.

New deaths were reported Tuesday in Bell, Coryell, McLennan and Navarro counties.

According to state data based on death certificates and county of residence, the virus has claimed the lives of 58 Bell County residents, 23 more than the local count of 35; five Bosque County residents; nine Coryell County residents, five more than the local count; three Falls County residents; three Hamilton County residents; eight Hill County residents; five Lampasas County residents; four Leon County residents; five Limestone County residents; 76 McLennan County residents, five fewer than the local count of 81; four Milam County residents; 13 Navarro County residents, six fewer than the local count of 21; and three Robertson County residents, one fewer than the local count of four.

The statewide death toll rose by 181 Tuesday to 11,576, while the total number of confirmed cases rose by 6,091 to 586,730.

Of the total, 108,604 cases were active and 466,550 patients have recovered.

Just more than 4,900 patients were hospitalized statewide while about 115 were in hospitals in the two Trauma Service Areas that include most of Central Texas.

More than 4.7 million tests have been administered and the statewide positivity rate is 15.42%, slightly lower than the previous 16.24%.

Three of the state’s 254 counties are still free of the virus.

BELL COUNTY

Bell County health officials reported 43 new cases of the virus Tuesday and another death.

The virus’ toll in the county now stands at 35 with the death of a Temple woman in her 90s.

The total number of confirmed cases rose to 4,573 Tuesday.

“We are happy to see that our numbers are leveling out, for the moment, at a level not seen since June,” Bell County Public Health District Director Dr. Amanda Robison-Chadwell said Tuesday.

Of that number, 3,706 patients have recovered.

The state count, which includes Fort Hood personnel who live on post rose by 102 Tuesday to 4,636.

The state Tuesday reported 58 deaths in the county based on death certificates and county of residence.

Bell County health officials are working with the state to see the death certificate data, Robison-Chadwell said.

“Once we can see that data it is important to note that there may be a lag in reporting. The state gets the death certificates first, they are processed, and then shared with us,” she said.

“I cannot yet say how long the lag will be yet but we should hopefully have a better sense of that process in the coming weeks.

A free state mobile testing site will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center at 3601 South WS Young Dr. in Killeen.

Access will be from Elms Road.

Appointments may be made on site or in advance online.

The health district earlier reported 34 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, and a woman in her 90s who was a resident of West Inn Nursing and Rehabilitation whose death was announced on May 30.

Also, 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.

The death of Bell County man in his 20s who died outside of the county was reported on July 10; the death of a Bell County man in his 70s was reported on July 15; the death of a Temple man in his 90s was reported on July 17; the death of a Killeen man in his 70s was reported on July 17; the death of a Killeen woman in her 70s was reported on July 19, and the death of a man in his 80s who was a resident of the Indian Oaks Living Center in Harker Heights was reported on July 29.

On Aug. 4 health officials reported the death of a Harker Heights man in his 60s who had battled the virus since June; the death of a Killeen woman in her 70s was reported on Aug. 6; a Bell County woman in her 70s who was diagnosed with the virus in July died on Aug. 6.

On Aug. 10, officials reported the deaths of a Belton woman in her 80s who’d be fighting the virus for some time and a Harker Heights man in his 50s who had underlying conditions.

Officials reported two more deaths on Aug. 11, a Killeen woman in her 60s with underlying conditions who died Monday and a Killeen woman in her 80s who died Tuesday.

The deaths of six more residents were reported on Aug. 18.

Three were from Aug. 14, including a Killeen man in his 70s, a Bell County woman in her 70s and a Belton woman in her 80s.

A Temple man in his 60s, a Killeen woman in her 80s and a Belton man in his 60s died on Aug. 17.

On Aug. 20, a Temple man in his 60s diagnosed with the virus earlier in the month died.

On Aug. 24 the county reported the death of a Harker Heights woman in her 70s who was a resident of the Indian Oaks Living Center at 415 Indian Oaks Dr.

MCLENNAN COUNTY

McLennan County health officials also reported another death Tuesday, a 35-year-old woman, increasing the virus’ toll in the county to 81.

Another 111 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, more than 70% of them involving residents in their 20s or younger.

The new cases raised the county’s total to 5,907.

Of the total, 4,042 patients have recovered and 1,784 cases were active Tuesday.

Forty seven patients were hospitalized, 17 of them on ventilators.

Of the 47, 34 are McLennan County residents.

The most recent cases involve one resident who’s younger than a year old; five residents whose ages range from 1 to 10; 33 residents whose ages range from 11 to 19; 41 residents in their 20s; eight residents in their 30s; 13 residents in their 40s; seven residents in their 50s; two residents whose ages range from 65 to 69, and one resident whose age ranges from 75 to 79.

Baylor University rolled out its online COVID-19 dashboard Monday which includes data about cases involving students who live both on and off campus, faculty and staff members who are working on campus and contractors who are working on campus.

Tuesday’s update showed 135 active cases of the virus, an increase of 26 over Monday, and a total of 263 since Aug. 1, an increase of 39 over Monday.

A total of 18,117 tests have been administered.

The positivity rate Tuesday was 1.9%.

Baylor will begin selection for random surveillance testing Wednesday involving 175 faculty and staff members who are working on campus; 250 on-campus students; 480 off-campus and online-only students who live in Waco, and 300 contractors.

Students, faculty, staff and contractors are required to test if selected.

Testing begins Monday.

Baylor officials announced late Tuesday afternoon that tailgating won’t be allowed this fall at McLane Stadium to ensure the safety of athletes, coaches, officials, staff and fans.

State data Tuesday, based on death certificates and county of residence, showed 76 deaths in the county.

Among the first McLennan County residents 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.

The deaths of five women, ages 98, 61, 68, 91 and 83, and two men, ages 81 and 90, were announced on July 7, a one-day record.

Health officials reported the death of an 80-year-old man on Aug. 8 and a 93-year-old woman whose death was reported on Aug. 9.

Officials reported the county’s 65th death on Aug. 11, a 72-year-old man.

The deaths of five more residents were reported on Aug. 12 including a 67-year-old man, a 92-year-old woman, an 89-year-old woman, an 89-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman, increasing the virus’ toll in the county to 70.

Health officials reported the deaths of the 72-year-old man on August 14, a 68-year-old woman on Aug. 15; an 80-year-old man on Aug. 17, and a 58-year-old man and an 83-year-old man on Aug. 18.

Officials reported three more deaths on Aug. 20, a 73-year-old woman, a 58-year-old woman and a 65-year old man.

The death of a 57-year-old woman was reported on Aug. 22 and the death of a 66-year-old woman was reported on Aug. 24.

CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County reported a total of 489 cases Tuesday.

Of the total, 213 cases were active and 272 patients have recovered.

State data, which includes Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates, showed 786 cases in the county with 629 recoveries.

The county's death toll rose to nine Tuesday, 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 reported a total of 389 cases Tuesday, eight more than on Monday.

Of that number, 218 patients have recovered.

Five Limestone County residents have now 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 1,048 confirmed and 221 probable cases Tuesday for a total of 1,269.

The county also reported a 21st death from the virus.

State data, based on death certificates and county of residence, sets the toll at 13.

A total of 1,099 patients have recovered and 149 cases were active Monday.

Eleven patients were hospitalized.

OTHER COUNTIES

According to the latest figures Tuesday Bosque County was reporting 200 confirmed cases and 147 recoveries. Revised state data based on death certificates showed five residents have died.

Falls County had 156 confirmed cases and 119 recoveries Tuesday. State data showed three deaths.

Freestone County was reporting 374 cases Tuesday. Of the total, 149 patients have recovered.

Hamilton County was reporting 97 confirmed cases Tuesday. A total of 74 patients have recovered. Three residents have died of the virus, according to state data.

Hill County reported a total of 346 cases Tuesday with 303 recoveries. Eight residents have died, according to state data. A Whitney Middle School student is among those confirmed to have the virus, the district advised parents Sunday. The student was last on campus on Aug. 21. Areas where the student was have been disinfected and those in close contact with the student have been notified.

Lampasas County was reporting 143 cases with 94 recoveries. Five residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data.

Leon County reported 167 confirmed cases with 139 recoveries Tuesday. Four residents have died, according to state data.

Milam County reported 409 cases and 390 recoveries Tuesday. Fifteen cases were active. Four Milam County residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state and local data. Two patients were hospitalized.

Mills County reported 31 cases with 20 recoveries Tuesday.

Robertson County reported 258 cases Tuesday. Of that number, 53 cases were active and 201 patients have recovered. Four residents have died, according to county data, but the state sets the toll at three. Walk-up COVID-19 testing scheduled for Wednesday in Franklin has been canceled, but continues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Pridgeon Center.

San Saba County reported 33 cases and 22 recoveries Tuesday.

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