Area COVID-19 case count rises to nearly 800, virus claims another life

The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Central Texas rose to nearly 800 Friday and the virus has claimed the life of another area, resident, Department of State Health Services data show. (File)
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(KWTX) The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Central Texas rose to 793 Friday including a dozen additional cases in Bell County, and the virus has claimed of a Hamilton County resident, Department of State Health Services data show.

COVID-19 has now claimed 15 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.

Statewide Friday the death toll stood at 1,480.

The latest data show 53,449 confirmed cases of the virus in Texas.

Of the total, 22,068 cases are active and 32,277 patients have recovered.

The total number of tests administered rose to 834,437 Friday.

The virus is now present in 226 of the state’s 254 counties.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported a total of 294 cases in Bell County Friday, but the Bell County Health District's count showed 278 at least 165 of whom have recovered.

The county has recorded 34 new cases since Monday.

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.

In McLennan County, one new case was reported Friday, raising the county’s total to 107.

Ninety patients have recovered, 13 cases are active, one resident is hospitalized in critical condition and 53 residents are being monitored.

The latest case involves a resident older than 60.

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 226 confirmed cases Friday including at least 157 state prison inmates who’ve been diagnosed with the virus.

The county, however, was reporting 224 cases on its website.

Thirty six of the cases are active and 29 patients have recovered.

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.

Nineteen 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.

Eleven patients in Limestone County have recovered and five other cases are active.

Bosque County was reporting six cases Friday including two who have recovered; Falls County had six cases with two recoveries; Freestone County reported seven cases with four recoveries; Hamilton County reported seven with one death and four recoveries; Hill County reported 24, with one death and 11 recoveries; Lampasas County had eight cases with four recoveries; Leon County reported nine with three recoveries; Milam County reported 27 with one death and 19 recoveries; Navarro County reported 44 cases with two deaths and 28 recoveries; and Robertson County had seven cases with two recoveries.

The first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed earlier this week in Mills and San Saba Counties, both of which had remained free of the virus since the first case-- outside of travelers who were under federal quarantine in Texas--was confirmed on March 4 in Fort Bend County.

The Hamilton County Healthcare System reported Monday that a Mills County resident tested positive for the virus and was in self-quarantine.

The case is believed to be travel-related.

An employee of San Saba Nursing Home & Rehabilitation was also confirmed to have the virus.

A Regional Health Department Team will test all other employees and residents, the county's Emergency Management Department said in a Facebook post.