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5 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Central Texas; 300 more cases confirmed since Friday

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a refrigerator in a small room: Five more Central Texas residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died and more than 300 additional cases of the virus have been confirmed in the region since Friday. © Provided by Waco-Temple-Bryan KWTX-TV Five more Central Texas residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died and more than 300 additional cases of the virus have been confirmed in the region since Friday.

(KWTX) - Five more Central Texas residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died and 314 additional cases of the virus have been confirmed in the region since Friday, increasing the total to 24,716.

New deaths were reported Monday in Bell, McLennan and Milam counties.

The Central Texas death toll may now be as high as 393, but according to state data Monday at least 364 area residents diagnosed with the virus have now died including 100 Bell County residents, one more than the local count of 99; 11 Bosque County residents; 13 Coryell County residents, two more than the local count of 11; five Falls County residents; four Freestone County residents; four Hamilton County residents; 16 Hill County residents; nine Lampasas County residents; 11 Leon County residents; 16 Limestone County residents; 131 McLennan County residents, 20 fewer than the local count of 151; seven Milam County residents, one fewer than the local count of eight; one Mills County resident; 32 Navarro County residents, eight fewer than the local count of 40; four Robertson County residents, and one San Saba County resident.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported a total of 17,514 deaths statewide Monday, an increase of 14 since Sunday and of 139 since Friday.

The total number of cases of the virus confirmed in the state rose to 867,075 Monday, 4,700 more than on Sunday and 15,503 more than on Friday. Of the 4,700 additional cases reported Monday, 4,418 were new.

At least 93,749 cases were active Monday and 758,192 patients have recovered.

More than 7.8 million tests have been administered statewide and the Lab Test Report Date clinical positivity rate Monday was 9.58%, up from 9.12% on Friday.

At least 5,278 patients were hospitalized statewide Monday, up from 5,065 on Friday.

In the two Trauma Service Areas that include most of Central Texas, just more than 90 patients were in hospitals Monday.

The virus is spiking in El Paso County, where a record-high 1,443 new cases were reported Monday.

Officials are urging residents to stay home for the next two weeks and they have issued a daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in hopes of slowing spread of the virus.

Part of the city’s civic center will be converted into a temporary hospital to care for the ill, Gov. Greg Abbott announced.

BELL COUNTY

The Bell County Public Health District Monday reported two more deaths from the virus, a Killeen woman in her 60s and a Killeen woman in her 50s.

The deaths raised the virus' toll in the county to 99.

The Bell County Health District reported a total of 6,285 confirmed cases of the virus in the county Monday, an increase of 64 since Friday.

Of the total, 519 cases were active and 5,667 patients have recovered.

State data, which include Fort Hood personnel living on post showed a total of 6,327 cases, an increase of 52 since Friday, and 100 deaths.

The Bell County Health District closed its clinic at 309 North 2nd St. in Killeen for most services after a person who was in the facility tested positive for COVID-19. Several staff members and some patients were exposed and have been contacted.

A temporary state COVID-19 testing site will remain open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Nov. 6 at the Killeen Special Events Center at 3301 South WS Young Dr. Registration may be completed on site or in advance online.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor dashboard Monday showed five active cases of the virus and a total of 140 since Aug. 1.

Texas A&M University-Central Texas Monday showed no active cases and a total of eight involving students and four involving staff since March.

The Killeen ISD’s online dashboard Monday showed a total of 92 cases involving students and 125 involving staff since March 16. The district Monday reported one case involving an employee at Alice Douse Elementary; one case involving an employee at Clear Creek Elementary; one case involving a student at Haynes Elementary; two involving students at Peebles Elementary; one case involving a student and one involving an employee at Reeces Creek Elementary: one involving an employee at Skipcha Elementary; one involving an employee at Audie Murphy Middle School; two involving students at Nolan Middle School; one involving a student and one involving an employee at Rancier Middle School; three involving students at Smith Middle School; two involving students at Union Grove Middle School; two involving students and one involving an employee at Harker Heights High School, and two involving students at Shoemaker High School.

The Temple ISD’s online dashboard Monday showed three cases at Temple High School; one at Bonham Middle School; two at Lamar Middle School; one at Garcia Elementary; one at Raye-Allen Elementary, and one involving auxiliary services.

The Belton ISD’s online dashboard Monday showed one case at High Point Elementary; one case at Pirtle Elementary; one case at Tarver Elementary; four cases at Belton High School and one case at a non-campus facility.

The health district has created a guide for safe holiday practices that’s available online.

BELL COUNTY COVID-19 DEATHS

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

MCLENNAN COUNTY

The Waco-McLennan County Health District reported two more deaths from the virus Monday, an 87-year-old woman and a 63-year-old woman, increasing the virus' toll in the county to 151.

The health district also reported 68 additional cases of the virus Monday, 25 of them from ongoing surge testing.

Of the total 544 cases were active Monday and 9,266 patients have recovered.

The new cases include four involving residents whose ages range from 1 to 10; eight whose ages range from 11 to 17; 12 who range in age from 18 to 25; eight who range in age from 26 to 29; 10 residents in their 30s; seen residents in their 40s; 10 residents in their 50s; eight residents in their 60s, and one resident whose age ranges from 75 to 79.

The total case count in the county has increased by 189 since Friday.

Over the weekend the health district reported four additional deaths, a 74-year-old man, a 68-year-old man, a 78-year-old woman and a 93-year, old woman, and 121 additional cases, 32 of them from surge testing now underway.

Free COVID-19 test sites are in operation in the Waco area after the federal government provided 40,000 test kits to McLennan County as part of the effort to stem the spread of the virus. Additional details are available online.

Baylor University’s online dashboard Monday showed 43 active cases and a total of 1,217 cases since Aug. 1. Over the past seven days, 23 cases have been confirmed for a seven-day positivity rate of 1.4%.

The McLennan Community College dashboard showed six active cases Monday, one involving an employee and five involving students. In the past three weeks, 121 cases have been confirmed, 106 involving students and 15 involving employees.

The Waco ISD dashboard Monday showed a cumulative total of 46 students, 47 staff members and four classified as “other” have tested positive for the virus since Sept. 28. The district reported on case Monday at Lake Air Montessori.

The Midway ISD’s online dashboard Monday showed one case involving an employee at Castleman Creek Elementary; two involving students at Speegleville Elementary; two involving students at Spring Valley Elementary; one involving a student at Woodgate Intermediate, and five involving students and one involving an employee at Midway High School.

The Mart ISD’s online dashboard Monday showed one case at Mart High School and a total of nine cases since Aug. 19.

The McGregor ISD’s online dashboard Friday showed three active cases at McGregor Primary and one at McGregor Elementary, one at McGregor Elementary and one at Isbill Junior High.

MCLENNAN COUNTY COVID-19 DEATHS

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County reported 797 cases Monday.

Of the total, 141 cases were active and 645 patients have recovered.

State data, which include Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates in the county, showed a total of 1,970 cases, an increase of 16 since Friday, and 1,871 recoveries.

Among the county’s latest cases are two involving female Copperas Cove residents who range in age from 10 to 19; one involving a Copperas Cove woman in her 20s; two involving Copperas Cove men in their 30s; one involving a Copperas Cove woman in her 30s, and one involving a Copperas Cove woman in her 40s.

On-campus instruction has been suspended temporarily at Copperas Cove High School because of a jump in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Copperas Cove ISD’s online dashboard Monday showed 14 active cases at Copperas Cove High School, 11 of them involving employees and three involvilng students. Two cases involving students and one involving an employee were reported at Cove Junior High; one case involving an employee was reported at S.C. Lee Junior High; one involving a student and one involving an employee were reported at Fairview Jewell Elementary. Students will transition to remote instruction from Wednesday through at least Nov, 5, the district’s superintendent, Dr. Joe Burns, said in a message to parents.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Monday was reporting five active cases involving inmates and 14 involving employees at the Christina Melton Crain Unit in Gatesville where 93 inmates were on medical restriction and five were isolated; six cases involving inmates and six involving employees at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit in Gatesville where 137 inmates were medically restricted and six were medically isolated; four cases involving employees at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville where 107 inmates were on restriction; one case involving an employee at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit in Gatesville, and four cases involving employees at the Linda Woodman State Jail in Gatesville.

State data show 13 deaths in the county, but according to local data the virus has claimed 11 lives in the county including 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; a Copperas Cove man in his 60s who was diagnosed with the virus on April 5; a Copperas Cove man whose death was reported on July 8, and a Gatesville man in his 60s whose death was reported on July 12.

The Cove House Free Clinic at 806 West Avenue D, Suite H, is offering free COVID-19 testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (254) 289-9865.

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

FALLS COUNTY

Falls County reported 666 cases Monday, an increase of eight since Friday.

Of the total, 515 patients have recovered.

The William P. Hobby Unit in Marlin remains on lockdown.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Monday reported four active cases involving inmates and 34 involving employees at the unit where 288 inmates were on medical restriction and four were isolated. Nine cases involving inmates and 13 involving employees were reported at the Marlin Transfer Facility where 119 inmates were medically restricted and 10 were medically isolated.

The virus has claimed five lives in the county.

LIMESTONE COUNTY

Limestone County reported 673 cases Monday, an increase of seven since Friday.

Of the total, 591 patients have recovered.

The virus has claimed 16 lives in the county.

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

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

NAVARRO COUNTY

Navarro County reported 1,417 confirmed and 502 probable cases of the virus Monday for a total of 1,919.

Of the total, 83 cases were active, five patients were hospitalized and 1,796 have recovered.

The county’s death toll rose to 40 Friday, according to local data.

State data, based on death certificates and county of residence, showed 32 deaths.

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

OTHER COUNTIES

According to the latest figures Monday Bosque County was reporting 405 cases and 350 recoveries. State data based on death certificates and county of residence showed 11 deaths in the county.

Freestone County reported a total of 459 cases Monday, an increase of six since Friday. Of the total 419 patients have recovered. Four residents have died. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported one case involving an inmate and one involving an employee at the William R. Boyd Unit in Teague where 123 inmates were on medical restriction and one was medically isolated.

Hamilton County was reporting 196 cases Monday, an increase of eight since Friday. Of the total 156 patients have recovered. Four residents have died.

Hill County reported a total of 803 cases Monday, an increase of nine since Friday. According to state data, 16 residents have died. The Hill College dashboard Monday showed no active cases at the school’s Hillsboro campus. The Hillsboro ISD Monday reported one case involving a student at Hillsboro Junior High and two involving students at Hillsboro High School. The Hillsboro ISD has notified parents that it’s ending online instruction except for students for are quarantined or have approved medical exceptions. Franklin Elementary School, Hillsboro Elementary School, Hillsboro Intermediate School and Hillsboro Junior High School will return fully to in-person instruction on Nov. 2. Hillsboro High School will make the change on Jan 6.

Lampasas County reported 305 cases Monday and 266 recoveries. Nine residents diagnosed with the virus have died.

Leon County reported 342 cases Monday, an increase of 10 since Friday. State data show 11 deaths.

Milam County reported 547 cases Monday. Of the total, six cases were active and 533 patients have recovered. Two patients were hospitalized Monday. The county reported an eighth death from the virus. State data showed seven deaths.

Mills County reported 76 cases and 65 recoveries Monday. The county’s first death from the virus was reported on Oct. 21.

Robertson County was reporting 452 confirmed cases Monday. Of the total, 139 cases were active and 309 patients have recovered. The county is reporting four deaths from the virus. Walk-up COVID-19 testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Monday at the Pridgeon Center at 351 Cooks Ln. in Franklin.

San Saba County reported 117 cases Monday and 93 recoveries. The county reported its first death from the virus on Oct. 21. The San Saba Transfer Facility was still locked down Monday. The TDCJ Monday reported 121 cases at the unit involving inmates and nine involving employees. A total of 312 inmates are on medical restriction and 122 are medically isolated.

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