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Central Texas COVID-19 death toll rises to more than 1,700, state toll to 51,000

The number of lives COVID-19 has claimed in Central Texas since the start of the pandemic rose...
The number of lives COVID-19 has claimed in Central Texas since the start of the pandemic rose to more than 1,700 Friday and the statewide death toll rose to 51,000. (File)(CNN)
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 5:35 PM CDT
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(KWTX) - The number of lives COVID-19 has claimed in Central Texas since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago rose to more than 1,700 Friday and the statewide death toll increased by 36 to 51,000.

The regional death toll may be as high as 1,705 but according to Department of State Health Services data Friday, the count stands at 1,701 including 442 Bell County residents; 35 Bosque County residents; 87 Coryell County residents; 32 Falls County residents; 50 Freestone County residents; 27 Hamilton County residents; 110 Hill County residents; 33 Lampasas County residents; 43 Leon County residents; 80 Limestone County residents; 479 McLennan County residents,17 more than the local count of 462; 49 Milam County residents; 21 Mills County residents; 146 Navarro County residents, four fewer than the local count of 150; 44 Robertson County residents, and 23 San Saba County residents.

The number of confirmed cases of the virus in Central Texas increased by 33 Friday to 79,461.

Almost 450 cases were active in the region Friday.

Statewide Friday, the total number of confirmed cases rose to 2,534,730.

At least 22,462 cases were active statewide Friday, 2,862,649 residents have recovered, and 1,561 were hospitalized, 22 fewer than on Thursday.

In Trauma Service Area L, which includes Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, and Mills counties, at least 20 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 were hospitalized Friday, accounting for 2% of all hospitalizations and filling less than 2% of available beds.

At least 13 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Friday in Trauma Service Area M, which includes McLennan, Bosque, Falls, Hill and Limestone counties, accounting for almost 3$ of all hospitalizations and filling about 2% of available beds.

The statewide Lab Test Date positivity rate was 2.9% Friday, down from 2.95% Thursday.

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

Health officials are concerned about the Delta variant of the virus, first detected in February in India, which now accounts for more than 6% of sequenced virus samples in the U.S., up from 1% a little more than a month ago.

Health officials say the virulent strain could trigger another wave of infections.

“It’s a super spreader variant, that is worrisome,” Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, told National Geographic.

“Plus, it has the highest transmissibility of anything we’ve seen so far. It’s a very bad combination,” he told the magazine.

At least 25 cases of the variant have been identified in Texas including six in the State Trauma Service Area that includes Navarro County.

No cases have been identified in any of the other TSAs that include Central Texas counties.

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VACCINATION

The Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Outpatient Workgroup has created a new informational flyer urging parents to have their children 12 and older vaccinated against the virus.

“Vaccinating against COVID-19 helps children and adolescents safely return to pre-COVID activities, including summer camps, vacations, and visiting family members,” said Dr. Emily Briggs, chair of the TMA workgroup.

“They can then help protect family and friends by reducing the chance of spreading the virus.”

“Unvaccinated children and adults remain the reservoir for mutations of the virus to develop,” said Dr. Briggs.

“For these reasons and many others, let’s get our kids vaccinated,” she said.

The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, Ascension Providence, Midway Independent School District and Waco Independent School District will hold a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic with the Pfizer vaccine from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 25 at the University High School gym at 3201 South New Road. Minor children must be accompanied by a parent of guardian. Online registration is encouraged, but not required.

The clinic will be held at the University High School Gym (3201 S. New Road, Waco, TX 76706) on Friday, June 25 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Parents or a consenting adult must accompany their minor children to receive the vaccine.

In the five weeks since everyone 12 and older became eligible for vaccination against COVID-19, almost 6,000 Central Texas youngsters, or just more than 9% of those from 12- to 15-years-of age, have received a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 1,800, or just more than 3% are fully vaccinated.

More than 80% of the first and second doses have been administered in Bell and McLennan counties, however.

More than 2,880, or about 13% of residents 12 to 15, have received a first dose in Bell County and almost 985, or about 4.5% are fully vaccinated.

More than 1,270, or almost 9% of residents 12 to 15, have received a first dose in Bell County, and almost 500, or just more than 3%, are fully vaccinated.

In Bosque County, about 3% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and almost 2% are fully vaccinated; In Coryell County, almost 9 % of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and more than 2.5% are fully vaccinated; in Falls County, about 6% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and just more than 2% are fully vaccinated; in Freestone County, almost 3% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose, and just more than 1% are full vaccinated; in Hamilton County, almost 5% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and almost 3% are fully vaccinated; in Hill County, about 3% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and just more than 1% are fully vaccinated; in Lampasas County, more than 8.5% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and just more than 3% are fully vaccinated; in Leon County, more than 3.5% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and almost 2% are fully vaccinated; in Limestone County, almost 3% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and almost 1% are fully vaccinated; in Milam County about 4.5% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and more than 1.5% are fully vaccinated; in Mills County, five, or about 2% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and just one is fully vaccinated; in Navarro County more than 4% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and about 1.5% are fully vaccinated; in Robertson County, almost 5% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and just more than 1% are fully vaccinated, and in San Saba County, almost 1.5% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and not quite 1% are fully vaccinated.

In the three months since everyone 16 and older became eligible for vaccination, just more than 27% of Central Texas residents from 16- to 49-years-of age have received one dose and not quite 22% are fully vaccinated.

The percentage of fully vaccinated residents 16 to 49 ranges from just more than 13% in Leon County to almost 28% in McLennan County.

In the four months since residents from 50- to 64-years-of-age became eligible for vaccination, just more than 52% of Central Texas residents in that age range have received one dose and about 45% are fully vaccinated.

The percentage of fully vaccinated residents 50 to 64 ranges from about 31% in San Saba County to almost 52% in McLennan County.

Overall, the region trails the state by more than 17% in first doses and by almost 15% in the number of residents 12 to 15 who are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, more than 56% of residents 12 and older have received one dose and more than 47% are fully vaccinated.

In the 16 Central Texas counties KWTX is monitoring, almost 39% of residents 12 and older have received one dose and just more than 32% are fully vaccinated.

Hamilton County has the highest vaccination rates in the region.

Almost 45% of residents 12 and older have received one dose and more than 39% are fullyl vaccinated.

San Saba County, where 32% of residents 12 and older have received one dose and 26.5% are fully vaccinated, has the lowest rate in the region.

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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.

State data Friday showed 22,561 total confirmed and 2,351 total probable cases since the start of the pandemic.

At least 177 cases were active Friday, according to state data, the 442 residents diagnosed with the virus have died.

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 is discontinuing daily case reporting effective Friday and will instead report COVID-19 cases on a weekly basis.

The COVID-19 dashboard the county has used throughout much of the pandemic will be removed and replaced with a weekly status report.

The health district reported eight more cases of the virus Friday, raising the county’s total since the start of the pandemic to 27,716.

At least 78 cases were active Friday, 27,176 residents have recovered and 13 were hospitalized, five of them on ventilators.

The virus has claimed 479 lives in the county, according to state data.

Local data showed 462 deaths Friday.

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 four active cases involving students and three involving staff members Friday. Since Aug. 1, 2000, a total of 4,009 active cases have been confirmed on campus. Seven tests have 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.

The McLennan Community College dashboard showed two active cases Friday and a cumulative total of 366 cases, 284 involving students.

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CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County had 7,053 total confirmed cases and 286 total probable cases of the virus Friday.

At least 35 cases were active, and 7,217 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered.

The virus has claimed the lives of 87 residents.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Friday was reporting 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 94 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 three cases involving inmates at the Linda Woodman State Jail where 55 inmates are restricted and four are isolated.

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FALLS COUNTY

Falls County had a total of 1,904 confirmed and 202 probable cases Friday.

Eight cases were active, and 2,066 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

Limestone County had 2,169 confirmed and 654 probable cases of the virus Friday.

Fourteen cases were active, and 2,729 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 increased by one Friday to 3,484.

At least 2,421 probable cases have been reported in the county since the start of the pandemic.

Thirty-nine cases were active Friday, 5,730 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered, and 150 have died, according to local data.

State data showed 146 deaths.

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OTHER COUNTIES

Bosque County had 1,380 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 six cases were active Friday.

Freestone County had 1,125 total confirmed and 844 total probable cases Friday. At least 1,9069 residents have recovered and 50 have died according to state data. At least 10 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 3,818 total confirmed cases and 731 probable cases. At least 4,418 patients have recovered, and 110 residents have died, according to state data. At least 21 cases were active Friday.

Lampasas County had 1,871 total confirmed and 337 probable cases Friday. At least 2,162 residents have recovered, and 33 residents have died, according to state data. At least 13 cases were active Friday.

Leon County had 1,281 total confirmed and 369 total 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 five cases were active Friday.

Milam County had 1,478 total confirmed and 1,097 total probable cases Friday. At least 2,569 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 1,778 confirmed cases Friday and 434 probable cases. At least 2,134 patients have recovered, and 44 residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data. At least 34 cases were active Friday.

San Saba County had 524 confirmed cases Friday and 256 probable cases. At least 759 patients have recovered and 23 have died, according to state data, which showed no active cases Friday. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Friday reported one case involving an inmate and two involving employees at the San Saba Transfer Facility where 24 inmates were restricted, and two were isolated.

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