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Number of active COVID-19 cases in Central Texas continues to fall

The number of Central Texas residents with active cases of COVID-19 continues to fall as the...
The number of Central Texas residents with active cases of COVID-19 continues to fall as the spread of the virus slows. (File)(KSWO)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:31 PM CDT
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(KWTX) – Two more Central Texas residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died, the Department of State Health Services reported Thursday, but the number of area residents who have active cases of the virus continues to fall.

Four of the 16 Central Texas counties have five or fewer active cases and one, Coryell, had none Thursday, according to state data.

The regional death toll may be as high as 1,698 but according to DSHS data Thursday, the count stands at 1,691 including 438 Bell County residents; 35 Bosque County residents; 87 Coryell County residents; 32 Falls County residents; 50 Freestone County residents; 27 Hamilton County residents; 109 Hill County residents; 33 Lampasas County residents; 43 Leon County residents; 80 Limestone County residents; 478 McLennan County residents,18 more than the local count of 460; 49 Milam County residents; 21 Mills County residents; 144 Navarro County residents, six fewer than the local count of 150; 43 Robertson County residents, and 23 San Saba County residents.

Since the start of the pandemic, 79,241 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Central Texas, according to DSHS data Thursday, 43 fewer than the state reported Wednesday after another adjustment to Bell County’s data.

Not counting Bell County, which according to state data that likely includes older cases, had 2,233 active cases Thursday, fewer than 300 Central Texas residents currently have COVID-19.

DSHS reported another 1,418 confirmed cases of the virus statewide Thursday.

The statewide total Thursday was 2,529,068.

The virus has claimed 34 more lives, increasing the statewide death toll to 50,767.

At least 27,069 cases were active Thursday, 100 more than on Wednesday, at least 2,805,846 residents have recovered, and 1,578 were hospitalized, 30 fewer than on Wednesday.

In Trauma Service Area L, which includes Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, and Mills counties, at least 25 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 were hospitalized Thursday, accounting for more than 2% of all hospitalizations and filling about 2% of available beds.

At least 12 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Thursday in Trauma Service Area M, which includes McLennan, Bosque, Falls, Hill and Limestone counties, accounting for more than 2% of all hospitalizations and filling less than 2% of available beds.

The statewide Lab Test Date positivity rate was 2.97% Thursday, up slightly from 2.96% Wednesday.

A positivity rate of 5% or less generally indicates the virus is contained, experts say.

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Almost 55% of residents 12 and older statewide have received one dose of vaccine and almost 45% were fully vaccinated Thursday.

In Central Texas, almost 38% have received one dose and about 31% are fully vaccinated.

While the race of about 20% of Central Texas residents who’ve received one dose and of those who are fully vaccinated is listed as either unknown or other, state data Thursday showed about 30% of white area residents 12 and older have received one dose and about 26% are fully vaccinated; about 26% of Hispanic residents 12 and older have received one dose and almost 21% are fully vaccinated; more than 33% of Black residents 12 and older have received one dose and about 26% are fully vaccinated, and more than 85% of Asian residents 12 and older have received one dose and almost 69% are fully vaccinated.

In Bell County Thursday, about 34% of residents 12 and older had received one dose and almost 28% were fully vaccinated.

In McLennan County Thursday almost 44% of residents 12 and older have received one dose and almost 37% were fully vaccinated.

In Bosque County Thursday, just more than 36% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Coryell County, 25% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Falls County, more than 30% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Freestone County, just more than 25% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Hamilton County, more than 38% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Hill County, almost 32% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Lampasas County, almost 32% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Leon County, more than 30% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Limestone County, almost 28% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Milam County, more than 34% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Mills County, just more than 33% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Navarro County, 35% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Robertson County, more than 34% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated and in San Saba County, more than 25% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated.

The state has expanded its Mobile Vaccine Program to include groups of five or more residents who choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Previously groups of 10 or more were required to take advantage of the service.

Residents may call 844-90-TEXAS and then select Option 3 to schedule a mobile clinic to vaccinate a group of friends, relatives, employees, and others.

Homebound Texans are still encouraged to call the hotline and select Option 1 to request a state mobile vaccination team to visit their home.

The call center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The state earlier halted weekly allocations of COVID-19 vaccine to providers because supply exceeds demand instead is filling vaccine orders as they come in.

A White House initiative should also make it easier to find available vaccines.

Text a zip code to GetVax (438829), or in Spanish to Vacuna (822862), and the response will list three nearby locations with vaccines in stock.

The Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler allows residents to sign up for COVID-19 shots through a list of public health departments and select preferred times of day for vaccinations. Those without internet access may call 1-833-832-7067 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

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BELL COUNTY

The Bell County Health District paused updates of its local dashboard in May but says the updates will resume if the county’s incidence rate rises to more than 80 cases per 100,000 residents.

On Thursday, state data showed 22,492 confirmed cases of the virus, down from 22,549 on Wednesday, and 2,345 probable cases.

Until Wednesday, the county had reported a single total of confirmed and probable cases.

Confirmed cases are identified by positive tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, through samples obtained through throat or from saliva.

Probable cases are determined through positive antigen tests or through clinical criteria of infection.

At least 22,166 residents have recovered and 438 have died, state data showed.

DSHS data Thursday showed 2,233 active cases, more than 10 times the number the health district was reporting last month.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor dashboard Thursday showed two active cases and a total of 370 since Aug. 1, 2020.

Texas A&M University-Central Texas showed no active cases Thursday and a total of 43 since March 2020, 31 of them involving students.

The Killeen ISD’s online dashboard wasn’t accessible.

The school district is working with McLane Children’s Hospital to provide vaccines to children 12 and older.

A medical team from the hospital will provide vaccinations at four different schools across the district next week.

Parents or guardians must be present.

Appointments aren’t necessary.

The medical team will return to the same schools later to provide second doses.

Consent forms and information about dates and locations are available online.

The Temple ISD’s online dashboard showed no active cases Thursday.

The Belton ISD’s online dashboard showed no active cases Thursday.

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MCLENNAN COUNTY

The Waco-McLennan County Health District reported 27,632 total cases of the virus Thursday, an increase of 15.

At least 61 cases were active Thursday, 27,111 residents have recovered, and 15 were hospitalized, eight of them on ventilators.

Local data showed 460 deaths from the virus.

State data showed 478.

COVID-19 testing provided by the Waco-McLennan County Health District and the Waco-McLennan County Office of Emergency Management has ended. Providers throughout the county including clinics and pharmacies still offer COVID-19 testing. The DSHS test location finder is a resource.

The City of Waco has updated protocols and no longer requires masks to be worn by the public outside on city property or inside city buildings except bus stations and the airport as required by federal law. City employees no longer are required to wear masks except those assigned to the airport of bus station. Occupancy restrictions have been lifted at city operated museums and venues. City hall and the Development Center have been reopened to the public. And starting next Tuesday, city council meetings will again be open to the public.

Baylor President Dr. Linda Livingstone announced Thursday all Baylor-related events will be at 100% capacity effective Aug. 1, indoors and outdoors. The university will hold summer commencement exercises on Aug. 14 at the Ferrell Center.

Baylor University’s online dashboard showed one active case involving a student and one involving a contractor Thursday. Since Aug. 1, 2000, a total of 4,002 active cases have been confirmed on campus. One test has come back positive in the past seven days. Baylor is requiring weekly COVID-19 testing of students, faculty, and staff through the summer. The university will not require students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against the virus this fall but is strongly encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The university has provided revised guidance for the summer, eliminating capacity limitations on outdoor activities, and making face coverings optional outside. Indoors, any student, faculty member or staff member who is fully vaccinated may meet indoors with fully vaccinated people in groups of 15 or fewer without face coverings or social distancing and may also meet with groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in groups of 15 or fewer without face coverings or social distancing.

The McLennan Community College dashboard showed no active cases Thursday and a cumulative total of 364 cases, 282 involving students.

The Waco ISD dashboard showed no active cases Thursday and a total of 304 student cases, 303 staff cases and 19 cases involving people classified as “other” since Sept. 8, 2020.

The Midway ISD’s online dashboard Thursday showed eight cases across four campuses, five of them at the high school.

The Lorena ISD dashboard wasn’t accessible.

The Mart ISD’s online dashboard showed no active cases Thursday.

The McGregor ISD’s online dashboard showed no active cases Thursday.

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CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County had a total of 7,033 confirmed and 286 probable cases of the virus Thursday.

At least 7,236 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered and no active cases were reported Thursday.

The virus has claimed an 87th life in the county, DSHS data showed.

The Copperas Cove ISD’s online dashboard showed no active cases Thursday.

The Gatesville ISD’s online dashboard wasn’t accessible.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Thursday reported two cases involving employees at the Christina Melton Crain Unit; one case involving an employee at the Hilltop Unit; six cases involving employees at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit, where 47 inmates were restricted; no active cases at the Mountain View Unit; one case involving an employee at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit, and no active cases at the Linda Woodman State Jail.

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.

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FALLS COUNTY

Falls County had 1,902 total confirmed and 202 probable cases Thursday.

Seven cases were active and at least 2,065 residents have recovered.

The virus has claimed the lives of 32 residents, state data showed.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Thursday reported one case involving an employee at the William Hobby Unit in Marlin, which was virus free for several weeks, and no active cases at the Marlin Transfer Unit.

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LIMESTONE COUNTY

Limestone County had 2,166 total confirmed cases and 652 total probable cases Thursday.

At least 13 cases were active Thursday and 2,725 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered.

The virus has claimed the lives of 80 residents of the county, state data showed.

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NAVARRO COUNTY

Navarro County had 3,481 total confirmed and 2,417 probable cases of the virus Thursday.

Of the total, at least 5,705 patients have recovered.

At least 49 cases were active Thursday.

State data showed 144 deaths in the county.

Local data last updated on March 31 showed 150 deaths.

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OTHER COUNTIES

Bosque County had 1,379 total confirmed and 313 probable cases of the virus Thursday. Of the total, 1,651 residents have recovered and 35 have died, according to state data. At least six cases were active Thursday.

Freestone County had 1,125 confirmed and 841 probable cases Thursday. At least 1,899 residents have recovered and 50 have died according to state data. At least 17 cases were active Thursday. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Thursday reported one case involving an employee at the William Boyd Unit in Teague.

Hamilton County had 723 total confirmed and 60 probable cases of the virus Thursday. At least 754 residents have recovered and 27 have died, according to state data. At least two cases were active Thursday.

Hill County Thursday had 3,814 total confirmed cases and 726 probable cases. At least 4,415 patients have recovered, and 109 residents have died, according to state data. At least 16 cases were active Thursday.

Lampasas County had 1,865 total confirmed and 337 probable cases Thursday. At least 2,162 residents have recovered, and 33 residents have died, according to state data. At least seven cases were active Thursday.

Leon County had 1,281 confirmed and 367 probable cases Thursday. At least 1,602 patients have recovered, and 43 residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data. At least three cases were active Thursday.

Milam County had 1,460 confirmed and 1,095 probable cases Thursday. At least 2,548 patients have recovered and 49 have died. Seven cases were active Thursday.

Mills County had 596 confirmed and 63 probable cases of the virus Thursday. At least 637 patients have recovered and 21 have died, according to state data. One case was active Thursday.

Robertson County had 1,766 confirmed cases Thursday and 429 probable cases. At least 2,116 patients have recovered, and 43 residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data. At least 36 cases were active Thursday.

San Saba County had 526 confirmed cases Thursday and 256 probable cases. At least 758 patients have recovered and 23 have died, according to state data, which showed one active case Thursday. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Thursday reported one case involving an inmate at the San Saba Transfer Facility where 25 inmates were restricted, and one was isolated.

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