Six more Central Texans diagnosed with COVID-19 die, case total tops 22,000

Six more Central Texas residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died, according to data released...
Six more Central Texas residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died, according to data released Wednesday that show the total number of confirmed cases in the region is now more than 22,000. (File)(Source: WVIR/Gray News)
Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 1:51 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2020 at 6:30 PM CDT
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(KWTX) - Six more Central Texas residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died, according to data released Wednesday that show the total number of confirmed cases in the region is now at least 22,022.

McLennan County health officials reported three more deaths Wednesday and state data showed additional deaths in Bell, Bosque and Leon counties.

The death toll in Central Texas may be as high as 335, but according to state data Wednesday at least 316 area residents diagnosed with the virus have now died, including 91 Bell County residents, four more than the local count of 87; seven Bosque County residents; 12 Coryell County residents, one more than the local count of 11; five Falls County residents; three Freestone County residents; four Hamilton County residents; 14 Hill County residents; nine Lampasas County residents; seven Leon County residents; 15 Limestone County residents; 111 McLennan County residents, 11 fewer than the local count of 122; six Milam County residents, one fewer than the local count of seven; 28 Navarro County residents, seven fewer than the local count of 35; and four Robertson County residents, one more than the local count of three.

Statewide another 119 deaths were reported Wednesday, raising the virus' toll to 16,230.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 4,121 additional cases of the virus Wednesday, 3,776 of them new, increasing the statewide total to 777,556.

Of the total, 70,813 cases were active Wednesday and 692,123 patients have recovered.

At least 3,519 patients were hospitalized Wednesday, up slightly from 3,394 on Wednesday and in the two Trauma Service Areas that include most of Central Texas, at least 86 were in hospitals, six more than on Tuesday.

Nearly 6.7 million tests have been administered statewide.

The Lab Test Date clinical positivity rate was 8.08% Wednesday up from 7.36% Tuesday.

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

Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday issued an executive order that allows bars to reopen at 50% capacity in hospital regions where COVID-19 hospitalizations are low and county officials give their OK. County judges can opt their counties into reopening bars starting on Oct. 14 in Trauma Service Areas where COVID-19 hospitalizations are 15% or less of capacity. The order Wednesday also increases occupancy limits for all business establishments other than bars to 75%.

BELL COUNTY

The Bell County Public Health District reported 28 additional cases Wednesday, increasing the county’s total to 5,643.

Of the total, 369 cases were active Wednesday and 5,187 patients have recovered.

The health district is reporting 87 deaths.

State data, which include Fort Hood personnel who live on post, showed 5,721 cases Wednesday, an increase of 31, and 91 deaths, an increase of one.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor dashboard Wednesday showed 14 active cases and a total of 119 cases since Aug.1.

Texas A&M University-Central Texas Wednesday showed one new positive case in the past week. Eight students and four employees have tested positive for the virus since March.

The Killeen ISD’s online dashboard Wednesday showed a total of 40 cases involving students and 91 involving staff since March 16. One case involving a student was reported Wednesday at Clifton Park Elementary; three cases involving employees were reported at Harker Heights Elementary; one case involving an employee and one involving a student were reported at Ira Cross Elementary; two cases involving students were reported at Meadows Elementary; one case involving a student was reported at Audie Murphy Elementary; one case involving a student and one involving an employee were reported at Eastern Hills Middle School; one case involving a student was reported at Liberty Hill Middle School; seven cases involving employees were reported at Ellison High School; one case involving an employee was reported at Harker Heights High School; three cases involving employees and four involving students were reported at Killeen High School, and five cases involving employees were reported at non-campus facilities.

The Temple ISD’s online dashboard showed 10 active cases Wednesday including six at Temple High School, three at Lamar Middle School and at an auxiliary facility.

The Belton ISD’s online dashboard Wednesday showed one case at High Point Elementary; one case at Southwest Elementary; two cases at Sparta Elementary, and one case at a non-campus facility.

A drive-thru state testing site will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Killeen Special Events Center at 3301 South WS Young Dr.

Tests are free, but online registration is required.

Results should be provided by text or email within 48 to 96 hours.

The Central Texas Food Bank will distribute food from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 17 at Temple College.

The health district has created a guide for safe holiday practices that’s available online.

BELL COUNTY COVID-19 DEATHS

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MCLENNAN COUNTY

The Waco-McLennan County Health District Wednesday reported the deaths of three more residents diagnosed with the virus, a 79-year-old man and two 76-year-old men, increasing the virus' toll in the county to 122.

State data, based on death certificates and county of residence, showed 111 deaths.

The health district reported 74 additional cases of the virus Wednesday, boosting the total number of confirmed cases to 8,716.

Of the total 486 cases were active Wednesday and 8,108 patients have recovered.

Forty eight patients were hospitalized Wednesday, six of them on ventilators.

Of the 48, 38 are McLennan County residents.

The latest confirmed cases involve two residents younger than 1; three ranging in age from 1 to 10; 11 ranging in age from 11-17; 10 ranging in age from 18 to 25; four ranging in age from 26-29; 14 in their 30s; eight in their 40s; six in their 50s; five in their 60s; six in their 70s, and five who are 80 or older.

Outbreaks have been reported at eight long-term care facilities, and 21 cases were active Wednesday, officials said.

Across eight school districts, 44 cases involving students and 16 involving employees were active Wednesday and two active cases have been confirmed at the McLennan County Jail.

Free COVID-19 test sites opened Wednesday in the Waco area after the federal government provided 40,000 test kits to McLennan County as part of the effort to stem the spread of the virus. Additional details are available online.

“If you want to keep people safe and save lives in our community please go get tested. Even if you are showing no symptoms go get tested,” Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver said during a virtual news conference Wednesday.

“This only works if large numbers of us go and get tested,” he said.

Baylor University’s online dashboard showed 72 active cases Wednesday, an increase of six, and a total of 1,060 confirmed cases since Aug.1. Over the past seven days, 42 cases have been confirmed for a seven-day clinical positivity rate of 2.3%.

The McLennan Community College dashboard showed just three active cases Wednesday, all of them involving students, and a total of 105 confirmed cases over the past three weeks, 91 of them involving students.

The Waco ISD dashboard showed a cumulative total of 35 students, 28 staff members and three others classified as “other” have tested positive for the virus since Sept. 8. Twenty five cases were active on Wednesday. One case was reported at Crestview Elementary, one case was reported at J.H. Hines Elementary, one case was reported at Kendrick Elementary, one was reported at Brazos High School, three were reported at Cesar Chavez Middle School, one was reported at the Greater Waco Advanced Healthcare Academy, two were reported at Indian Spring Middle School; one was reported at the McLennan County Challenge Academy, six were reported at University High School and seven were reported at Waco High School.

The G.W. Carver Middle School campus remains closed until Oct. 13 after a number of students and employees were exposed to COVID-19.

The Midway ISD’s online dashboard Wednesday showed one case involving a student at Hewitt Elementary; one involving an employee at South Bosque Elementary; one involving a student at Speegleville Elementary; one involving a student at River Valley Intermediate; one involving a student at Midway Middle School, two involving employees and eight involving students at Midway High School, and two involving employees at non-campus facilities.

Parents of Midway High School students were advised late Wednesday afternoon that a 12th grade and an 11th grade student had tested positive for the virus.

MCLENNAN COUNTY COVID-19 DEATHS

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CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County was still reporting 710 total cases Wednesday.

Of the total 118 cases were active and 581 patients have recovered.

State data, which include Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates in the county, showed a total of 5,721 cases Wednesday, an increase of 31, and 1,716 recoveries.

Twelve people have died in Coryell County, according to state data, but according to local data the virus has claimed 11 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.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Wednesday was reporting 10 active cases involving inmates and 20 involving employees at the Christina Melton Crain Unit in Gatesville where 71 inmates were on medical restriction and 10 were isolated; four cases involving inmates and 42 involving employees at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit in Gatesville where 237 inmates were medically restricted and four were medically isolated; three cases involving employees at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville; two cases involving inmates and four cases involving employees at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit in Gatesville where 99 inmates were medically restricted and two were medically isolated, and two cases involving inmates and four cases involving employees at the Linda Woodman State Jail in Gatesville where 10 inmates were on medical restriction and two inmates were medically isolated.

The Copperas Cove ISD’s online dashboard Wednesday showed one case involving a student at Copperas Cove High School and one case involving a student at Williams/Ledger Elementary.

The Cove House Free Clinic at 806 West Avenue D, Suite H, is offering free COVID-19 testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (254) 289-9865.

The Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Department Monday announced the cancellation of the 2020 Fall-O-Ween Festival scheduled for Oct. 24 at City Park.

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FALLS COUNTY

Falls County had 565 confirmed cases Wednesday.

Of the total 212 patients have recovered.

The William P. Hobby Unit in Marlin remained on lockdown Wednesday.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Wednesday reported 264 active cases involving inmates and 18 involving employees at the Hobby unit where 835 inmates were on medical restriction and 264 were isolated. Two cases involving inmates were reported at the Marlin Transfer Facility; both were medically isolated.

The virus has claimed five lives in the county.

LIMESTONE COUNTY

Limestone County reported a total of 600 cases Wednesday, an increase of six.

Of the total, 528 patients have recovered.

Fifteen residents diagnosed with the virus have died.

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.

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NAVARRO COUNTY

Navarro County reported 1,342 confirmed and 428 probable cases of the virus Wednesday for a total of 1,710.

Of the total 108 cases were active Wednesday and 1,627 patients have recovered.

Eight patients were hospitalized.

The virus has claimed 35 lives in the county, according to local data.

State data, based on death certificates and county of residence showed 28 deaths.

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

OTHER COUNTIES

According to the latest figures Wednesday Bosque County was reporting 358 cases and 285 recoveries. Revised state data based on death certificates showed a seventh death in the county.

Freestone County was reporting 422 cases Wednesday. Of the total, 400 patients have recovered. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported three cases involving inmates at the William R. Boyd Unit in Teague where 444 inmates were on medical restriction and three were medically isolated. The county reported its first death from the virus on Aug. 31, a second death on Sept. 21 and a third on Sept. 28.

Hamilton County was reporting 162 confirmed cases Wednesday. A total of 111 patients have recovered. Four residents have died of the virus, according to state data.

Hill County reported a total of 723 cases Wednesday and 557 recoveries. Fourteen residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data. The Hill College dashboard Wednesday showed two active cases involving students at the school’s Hillsboro campus. The Hillsboro ISD reported no active cases Wednesday.

Lampasas County was reporting 275 cases Wednesday with 210 recoveries. Nine residents diagnosed with the virus has died.

Leon County reported 268 confirmed cases with 219 recoveries Wednesday. The virus has claimed a seventh life in the county, according to state data.

Milam County reported 519 cases Wednesday. Of the total six cases were active Wednesday and 506 patients have recovered. Seven patients have died, according to local data. State data showed six deaths. The Milam County Crime Stoppers board has decided to cancel its annual Warehouse of Horrors haunted house for the first time in more than two decades.

Mills County reported 62 cases with 51 recoveries Wednesday. The Goldthwaite ISD notified parents on Oct. 1 it is ending remote instruction. Parents of students learning from home have until Oct. 12 to make a decision about whether to send their children back to campus, homeschool them, use some other online school or transfer them to another district.

Robertson County was still reporting 355 cases Wednesday. Of that number, 74 cases were active and 278 patients have recovered. The virus has claimed three lives in the county. State data showed four deaths. A Bremond ISD staff member last on campus Tuesday has tested positive for the virus. Students and staff who came into contact with the employee were directly notified and will remain off campus for as long as 10 days.

San Saba County reported 79 cases Wednesday and 50 recoveries.

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