More than 45K cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Texas, 56 more deaths

The total number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Texas rose by more than 1,300 Friday to almost 45,200 and the death toll rose by 56 to more than 1,270 while the Central Texas case total rose to more than 700. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip/ file)
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(KWTX) The total number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Texas rose by 1,347 Friday to almost 45,198 and the death toll rose by 56 to more than 1,272 while the Central Texas case total rose to 707 with the addition of new cases in Bell, McLennan and Milam counties.

The state Friday reported 18,472 active cases and 1,716 hospitalizations.

A total of 25,454 patients have recovered.

As of Thursday, 645,992 tests had been administered.

The virus is present in 222 of the state’s 254 counties.

COVID-19 has claimed 14 lives in Central Texas including three in Bell County, two in Coryell County, one in Hill County, one in Limestone County, four in McLennan County, one in Milam County, and two in Navarro County.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported a total of 242 cases in Bell County Thursday, but the Bell County Health District's count showed 231 at least 149 of whom have recovered.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases that Bell County reports at the local level does not include people who live on post at Fort Hood. The number of confirmed cases in Bell County that the Texas Department of State Health Services reports does include Fort Hood cases. Cases involving Fort Hood personnel who live off post are included in the numbers the county releases.

The virus has claimed three lives in Bell County including a Killeen man in his 50s in ICU died who died on April 8, a Temple man in his 60s in intensive care who died on April 6 who died on April 6, and a Temple woman in her 80s who had been diagnosed with the virus died on March 26.

McLennan County’s total rose by one Friday to 97.

Four cases are active and 89 patients have recovered

Two patients were hospitalized Friday, neither of whom was in critical condition.

Thirty residents were being actively monitored.

Four have died including a 66-year-old resident whose death was announced on April 22 and a 61-year old McLennan County man whom a neighbor found dead on April 8.

G.W. Carver Middle School Principal Phillip Perry, died of complications from the virus on March 31 and a 69-year-old man died on April 9 at a local hospital.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports Coryell County had 221 confirmed cases Thursday including at least 157 state prison inmates who’ve been diagnosed with the virus.

Thirty four of the cases are active and 28 patients have recovered.

Among the most recent confirmed cases is one involving a Copperas Cove woman in her 40s who’s self-isolating.

Several prison units in Gatesville remain locked down because of the virus, which has claimed the lives of 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 and a Copperas Cove man in his 60s who was diagnosed with the virus on April 5.

Fifteen cases are confirmed in Limestone County, which has recorded one death.

A Mexia woman in her late 50s to early 60s with underlying health conditions died on March 31 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia after she was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Bosque County was reporting six cases Friday, Falls County had six cases, Freestone County reported seven cases, Hamilton County reported seven; Hill County reported 22, with one death, Lampasas County had eight cases; Leon County reported nine, Milam County reported 23 with one death; Navarro County reported 38 with two deaths, and Robertson County had six.

The most recent case in Robertson County involves a woman in her 20s.

The county has four active cases.

Two patients have recovered.

No cases have been confirmed in Mills and San Saba counties.