Texas COVID-19 deaths pass grim milestone

The number of deaths in Texas related to the new coronavirus rose to 1,004 Friday as the state reported another 1,000 new cases of the virus for another straight day. (File)
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(KWTX) The number of deaths in Texas related to the new coronavirus rose to 1,049 Saturday as the state reported another 1,000 new cases of the virus for another straight day.

Thirteen new cases of the virus were reported Friday in Central Texas.

The state now has 37,860 confirmed cases of the virus, which is present in 219 of the state’s 254 counties.

Of the total, 1,626 patients are in hospitals, 16,670 have active cases, and an estimate of 20,141 have recovered.

The new coronavirus 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.

In Central Texas, 660 cases have been confirmed.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported a total of 220 cases in Bell County Saturday, up seven from Thursday, but the Bell County Health District's count showed 203, at least 131 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.

Among the county’s new confirmed cases is an employee of the Pizza Hut at 400 Neil St. in Belton who was tested on May 6 after leaving work sick. The health district is notifying customers who ordered from the restaurant from May 4 to May 7 because the worker may have been contagious before developing symptoms. Any residents who ordered from the business may call the Bell County Public Health District at 254-773-4457, and ask for epidemiology.

On May 3 Taco Bell confirmed that an employee of its restaurant on West Adams Avenue in Temple had tested positive for COVID-19.

All workers who had contact with the employee are self-quarantining.

The restaurant was closed temporarily for cleaning and sanitization.

Also those testing positive for the virus in the county are two employees of the 911 dispatch center.

All of the center’s more than 100 employees are being tested for the virus, officials said.

A third Killeen police officer was confirmed to have the new coronavirus on April 21.

Two other officers were diagnosed with the virus on April 7.

All three are recovering.

McLennan County’s total stands at 94 with the addition of two new cases Thursday, one involving a resident whose age ranges from 30 to 39 and a resident older than 60.

Five cases are active and 85 patients have recovered.

One was hospitalized Thursday in critical condition.

Health officials are monitoring 68 residents who have either tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has the virus including three firefighters, six police officers and two crime-scene technicians who were exposed at the scene of a deadly crash last month.

Four have now 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.

A Waco police officer and a Department of Public Safety trooper are among those who tested positive for the virus in McLennan County, officials said on April 22.

Both have since recovered.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports Coryell County had 208 confirmed cases Saturday, up from 201 Thursday, including at least 155 state prison inmates who’ve been diagnosed with the virus.

Twenty patients have recovered.

A Copperas Cove man in his 60s was diagnosed with the virus on Tuesday

He’s self-isolating.

Several prison units in Gatesville remain locked down.

The virus 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 have now been confirmed in Limestone County, which has recorded one death.

The last case involves a 45-year-old Mexia woman.

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 five cases Wednesday, Falls County had six cases, Freestone County reported seven cases, Hamilton County reported an additional caes for a total of six;, Hill County’s total rose one to 19 with one death, Lampasas County had six cases, up one from Wednesday, Leon County had two new cases for a total of nine, Milam County had 20, an incrase of two, Navarro County reported 36, and Robertson County had five, up one from Wednesday.

The latest case in Robertson County involves a woman in her 50s.

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