Bell County reports 7 more COVID-19 cases

(MGN/file)

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Bell County reported seven more cases of COVID-19 Saturday afternoon, bringing the total number to 58.

On Friday, no new cases were reported. Five cases were reported Thursday afternoon when officials inadvertently and briefly identified all of victims of the virus.

The list, which ordinarily includes only the date of confirmation, the city of residence, the gender and the age range of the victims, included the surnames of all 51 victims.

The mistakenly-posted list was quickly replaced.

“The error was discovered within minutes, and the names were removed from the site as quickly as possible,” Dr. Amanda Robison-Chadwell, the health district's director, said.

“The employee who made the mistake has been sanctioned and all individuals whose information was briefly posted are being notified. The Bell County Public Health District sincerely regrets this mistake and remains committed to safeguarding medical information it collects as part of this pandemic," she said.

The most recent cases include a Killeen man in his 40s, a Belton man in his 60s, a Temple man in his 30s, a Temple man in his 80s and a Killeen man in his 50s.

The county has recorded one death from the virus; a Temple woman in her 80s on March 26.

Twelve other patients have recovered.

Bell County’s first confirmed case on March 12 involved a Belton man in his 20s. A Bell County man in his 70s was confirmed to have the virus on March 15; on March 17, cases were confirmed involving a Temple man and a Temple woman in their 60s; on March 18 cases were confirmed involving a Killeen woman in her 40s, a Temple woman in her 50s, a Temple man in his 60s and a Bell County man in his 30s; on March 21 cases were confirmed involving a Temple woman in her 30s, a Temple man in his 60s, and a Killeen man in his 40s; on March 22 cases were confirmed involving a Temple woman in her 20s, a Temple woman in her 80s and a Temple woman in her 30s; on March 23 cases were confirmed involving a Temple man in his 50s, a Temple woman in her 50s and a Temple woman in her 40s; on March 24 a case was confirmed involving a Temple woman in her 20s; on March 25 cases were confirmed involving a Temple woman in her 30s and a Killeen woman in her 50s; on March 27 cases were confirmed involving a Killeen man in his 60s, a Belton woman younger than 20, a Killeen woman in her 20s, a Killeen man in his 40s, a Harker Heights woman in her 40s, a Killeen woman in her 30s and a Killeen man in his 30s; on March 28, cases were confirmed involving a Killeen woman in her 70s, a Killeen man in his 70s, a Killen woman in her 60s, a Killeen woman in her 40s and a Temple woman in her 70s; On March 29, cases were confirmed involving a Temple man younger than 20 and a Bell County man in his 80s; on March 30, cases were confirmed involving a Harker Heights woman in her 40s, a Temple woman in her 70s and a Temple woman in her 40s; on March 31, cases were confirmed involving a Killeen woman in her 40s, a Killeen man younger than 20, a Bell County man in his 50s, a Killen man in his 40s, a Temple man in his 50s, a Belton man in his 60s, a Temple man in his 60s and a Harker Heights man in his 50s; on April 1 a case involving a Belton man in his 30s was confirmed.