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Nearly 400 Central Texans have COVID-19; just 15 more cases confirmed Friday

Nearly 400 Central Texas residents have COVID-19, but just 15 new cases were confirmed in the...
Nearly 400 Central Texas residents have COVID-19, but just 15 new cases were confirmed in the region Friday. (File)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:43 PM CDT
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(KWTX) – At least 391 residents of the 16 Central Texas counties KWTX is monitoring had active cases of COVID-19 Friday, but just 15 new cases were confirmed across three counties in the region Friday and state data showed no additional deaths from the virus.

Six additional cases were reported Friday in Bell County, eight in McLennan County, and one in Lampasas County.

Four counties accounted for about 80% of the active cases.

Bell County had 177 active cases Friday, McLennan County had 61, Navarro County had 51 and Robertson County had had 33.

Bosque County had five active cases Friday, Coryell County had three, Falls County had one, Freestone County had 11, Hamilton County had one, Hill County had 17, Lampasas County had seven, Leon County had four, Limestone County had 12, Milam County had seven, Mills County had one, and San Saba County had none.

The regional death toll may be as high as 1,698 but according to Department of State Health Services data Friday, the count stands at 1,692 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, 79,250 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Central Texas, according to DSHS data Friday.

DSHS reported another 1,108 confirmed cases of the virus statewide Friday, 798 of them new.

The statewide total Friday was 2,530,176.

The virus has claimed 40 more lives, increasing the statewide death toll to 50,807.

At least 24,437 cases were active Friday, at least 2,852,631 residents have recovered, and 1,600 were hospitalized.

In Trauma Service Area L, which includes Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, and Mills counties, at least 23 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 were hospitalized Friday, accounting for more than 2% of all hospitalizations and filling about 2% of available beds.

At least 19 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Friday in Trauma Service Area M, which includes McLennan, Bosque, Falls, Hill and Limestone counties, accounting for 4% of all hospitalizations and filling about 3% of available beds.

The statewide Lab Test Date positivity rate was 3.01% Friday, up from 2.97% Thursday.

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

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VACCINATION

Almost 55% of residents 12 and older statewide have received one dose of vaccine and just more than 45% were fully vaccinated Friday.

In Central Texas, 38% have received one dose and must more than 31% are fully vaccinated.

In Bell County Friday, almost 35% of residents 12 and older had received one dose and almost 28% were fully vaccinated.

In McLennan County Friday, about 44% of residents 12 and older have received one dose and about 37% were fully vaccinated.

In Bosque County Friday, just more than 36% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Coryell County, more than 25% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Falls County, almost 31% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Freestone County, 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, 32% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Lampasas County, 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, 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, more than 33% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Navarro County, more than 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.

The total number of cases in the county rose by six Friday to 22,498, and state data showed a total of 2,345 probable cases.

At least 177 cases were active Friday, 22,166 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered, and 438 have died.

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

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

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

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

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MCLENNAN COUNTY

The Waco-McLennan County Health District reported eight additional cases of the virus, raising the county’s total since the start of the pandemic to 27,640.

At least 61 cases were active Friday, 27,640 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered, and 19 were hospitalized, seven of them on ventilators.

The virus has claimed 460 lives in the county, according to local data, and 478, according to DSHS data.

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.

Baylor University’s online dashboard showed one active case involving a student and one involving a contractor Friday. 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 of Friday, 30.5% of students and 55.2% of employees had been vaccinated. The university has provided revised guidance for the summer.

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

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CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County recorded no additional cases Friday, leaving the total confirmed since the start of the pandemic unchanged at 7,032 and the total number of probable cases at 286.

Three cases were active Friday and 7,228 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered.

The virus has claimed 87 lives in the county.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Friday 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 93 inmates were restricted and one was isolated; 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.

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FALLS COUNTY

No new cases were confirmed Friday in Falls County, where 1,900 residents have been diagnosed with the virus since the start of the pandemic.

At least 202 probable cases have been reported in the county since the start of the pandemic.

One case was active Friday and 2,069 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered.

The virus has claimed 32 lives in the county, according to state data.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Friday 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

No new cases were confirmed Friday in Limestone County, where 2,166 residents have been diagnosed with the virus since the start of the pandemic.

At least 652 probable cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic.

Twelve cases were active Friday and at least 2,726 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered.

The virus has claimed 80 lives in the county, according to state data.

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NAVARRO COUNTY

The total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Navarro County since the start of the pandemic remained unchanged at 3,481 Friday.

At least 2,419 probable cases have been reported in the county since the start of the pandemic.

Fifty-one cases were active Friday, 5,705 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered, and 150 have died, according to local data.

State data Friday showed 144 deaths.

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OTHER COUNTIES

Bosque County had 1,379 total confirmed and 313 probable cases of the virus Friday. Of the total, 1,652 residents have recovered and 35 have died, according to state data. At least five cases were active Friday.

Freestone County had 1,123 confirmed and 841 probable cases Friday. At least 1,903 residents have recovered and 50 have died according to state data. At least 11 cases were active Friday. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Friday 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 Friday. At least 755 residents have recovered and 27 have died, according to state data. One case was active Friday.

Hill County Friday had 3,814 total confirmed cases and 727 probable cases. At least 4,415 patients have recovered, and 109 residents have died, according to state data. At least 17 cases were active Friday.

Lampasas County had 1,866 total confirmed and 337 probable cases Friday. At least 2,163 residents have recovered, and 33 residents have died, according to state data. At least seven cases were active Friday.

Leon County had 1,281 confirmed and 368 probable cases Friday. At least 1,602 patients have recovered, and 43 residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data. At least four cases were active Friday.

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

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

Robertson County had 1,766 confirmed cases Friday and 433 probable cases. At least 2,123 patients have recovered, and 43 residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data. At least 33 cases were active Friday.

San Saba County had 526 confirmed cases Friday and 256 probable cases. At least 759 patients have recovered and 23 have died, according to state data, which showed one active case Friday. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Friday 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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