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COVID-19: Eight more deaths in Central Texas, 300 new cases

Waco-Temple-Bryan KWTX-TV logo Waco-Temple-Bryan KWTX-TV 10/23/2020 Staff
a refrigerator in a small room: After a four-day lull in most of Central Texas, eight more residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died and more than 330 new cases of the virus have been confirmed. (File) © Provided by Waco-Temple-Bryan KWTX-TV After a four-day lull in most of Central Texas, eight more residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died and more than 330 new cases of the virus have been confirmed. (File)

(KWTX) – The number of new COVID-19 cases jumped Friday in Central Texas after a four-day lull in most of the counties in the region.

A total of 331 new confirmed cases were reported Friday, increasing the total in Central Texas to 24,402.

Bell and McLennan counties both reported two additional deaths and state data showed deaths in Bosque, Hill, Leon and Navarro counties, as well.

The Central Texas death toll may now be as high as 384, but according to state data Friday at least 361 area residents diagnosed with the virus have now died including 97 Bell County residents; 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; 130 McLennan County residents, 15 fewer than the local count of 145; seven Milam County residents; 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 an additional 6,472 cases of the virus Friday, 5,760 of them new, increasing the statewide total to 851,572.

The statewide death toll rose by 89 Friday to 17,375.

At least 5,065 patients were hospitalized statewide Friday, an increase of more than 130 over Thursday, and the Lab Text Report Date clinical positivity rate rose from 8.86% Thursday to 9.12% Friday.

In the two Trauma Service Areas that include most of Central Texas, at least 89 patients were in hospitals, about 10 fewer than on Thursday.

Just one of the state’s 253 counties remains free of the virus.

BELL COUNTY

The Bell County Public Health District Friday reported the deaths of two more residents diagnosed with COVID-19.

The deaths raise the virus' toll in the county to 97.

The Bell County Health District reported 52 additional cases of the virus Friday, increasing the county’s total to 6,221.

Of the total, 524 cases were active Friday and 5,600 patients have recovered.

State data, which include Fort Hood personnel living on post showed a total of 6,275 cases, an increase of 117, and 97 deaths.

A temporary state COVID-19 testing site will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Downtown Killeen Acts & Activities Center at 711 North 4th St. Registration may be completed in advance online. Participants must provide either a mobile phone number or valid email address. The test involves a mouth swab. Participants should avoid eating or drinking at least 15 minutes prior to testing.

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 Friday showed five active cases of the virus and a total of 140 since Aug. 1.

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

The Killeen ISD’s online dashboard Friday showed a total of 91 cases involving students and 123 involving staff since March 16. The district Friday reported one case involving an employee and one involving a student at Alice Douse Elementary; one case involving a student at Clear Creek Elementary; one case involving a student at Haynes Elementary; one case involving an employee at Meadows Elementary; one involving an employee at Mountain View Elementary; five involving students at Peebles Elementary; one case involving a student and one involving an employee at Reeces Creek Elementary; one case involving an employee at Richard E. Cavazos Elementary; one involving an employee at Skipcha Elementary; one involving an employee at Audie Murphy Middle School; one involving a student and one involving an employee at Eastern Hills Middle School; one involving a student at Nolan Middle School; one involving a student 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 Friday showed one case at Temple High School; one at Bonham Middle School; one at Lamar Middle School; one at Garcia Elementary; one at Raye-Allen Elementary, and one involving auxiliary services.

The Belton ISD’s online dashboard Friday showed one case at High Point Elementary; one case at Pirtle Elementary; one case at Southwest Elementary, and two cases at Tarver Elementary.

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 Friday reported the county’s 145th death from the virus, a 64-year-old man.

The health district also reported 77 additional cases of COVID-19 Friday, 33 from surge testing, raising the county’s total to 9,772.

Of the total, 526 cases were active Friday and 9,101 patients have recovered.

Forty two patients were hospitalized Friday, 11 of them on ventilators.

Thirty three of the 42 are McLennan County residents.

The new cases include one involving a resident younger than 1; three involving residents who range in age from 1 to 10; five involving residents ranging in age from 11 to 17; 11 involving residents who range in age from 18 to 25; four involving residents who range in age from 26 to 29; 10 involving residents in their 30s; 16 involving residents in their 40s; eight involving residents in their 50s; six involving residents in their 60s; 10 involving residents in their 70s, and three involving residents who are 80 or older.

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 Friday showed 59 active cases and a total of 1,205 since Aug. 1. Over the past seven days, 23 new cases have been confirmed for a seven-day positivity rate of 1.3%.

The McLennan Community College dashboard showed six active cases Friday, one involving an employee and five involving students. In the past three weeks, 118 cases have been confirmed, 104 involving students and 14 involving employees.

The Waco ISD dashboard Friday showed a cumulative total of 45 students, 47 staff members and four classified as “other” have tested positive for the virus since Sept. 28. The district reported three cases Friday at Alta Vista Elementary, one at Dean Highland Elementary; three cases at Parkdale Elementary, and one case at Tennyson Middle School.

The Midway ISD’s online dashboard Friday showed two cases involving employees at Castleman Creek Elementary; one involving a student and one involving an employee at South Bosque Elementary; two involving students at Speegleville Elementary; two involving students at Spring Valley Elementary; one involving an employee at River Valley Intermediate; 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 Friday 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 and one at McGregor Elementary. The McGregor Primary School campus is closed this week and students are learning online after contact tracing led to the closure of two classrooms and the quarantine of 13 staff members. On-campus instruction is scheduled to resume on Oct. 26.

MCLENNAN COUNTY COVID-19 DEATHS

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County reported 797 cases Friday, an increase of 15 since the last local report.

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 1,954 cases, an increase of 17, and 1,837 recoveries.

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 Texas Department of Criminal Justice Friday was reporting 15 active cases involving inmates and 15 involving employees at the Christina Melton Crain Unit in Gatesville where 107 inmates were on medical restriction and 15 were isolated; six cases involving inmates and six involving employees at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit in Gatesville where 165 inmates were medically restricted and six were medically isolated; three 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 five cases involving employees at the Linda Woodman State Jail in Gatesville.

The Copperas Cove ISD’s online dashboard Friday showed two cases involving students and three involving employees at Copperas Cove High School; one case involving a student and one involving an employee at Copperas Cove High School; one involving a student and one involving an employee at Copperas Cove Junior High; one case involving an employee at S.C. Lee Junior High, and one case involving a student at Fairview Jewell Elementary.

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 658 cases Friday, an increase of 19.

Of the total, 494 patients have recovered.

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

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Friday reported six active cases involving inmates and 33 involving employees at the unit where 442 inmates were on medical restriction and six were isolated. Nine cases involving inmates and 14 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 666 cases Friday, an increase of seven.

Of the total, 579 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 Friday for a total of 1,919.

Of the total, 83 cases were active Friday, 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.

Free COVID-19 testing is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Cook Education Center at 3100 W. Collin St. in Corsicana.

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

OTHER COUNTIES

According to the latest figures Friday Bosque County was reporting 402 case, an increase of 17, and 340 recoveries. State data based on death certificates and county of residence showed an 11th death in the county.

Freestone County reported a total of 453 cases Friday, an increase of 13. Of the total 418 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 188 cases Friday, an increase of six. Of the total 151 patients have recovered. Four residents have died.

Hill County reported a total of 794 cases Friday, an increase of 32. According to state data, a 16th resident has died. The Hill College dashboard Friday showed two active cases involving students at the school’s Hillsboro campus. The Hillsboro ISD Friday reported one case involving a student at Hillsboro Junior High, three involving students at Hillsboro High School and one involving an employee at an administration and operations facility. 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 304 cases Friday, an increase of six, and 257 recoveries. Nine residents diagnosed with the virus have died.

Leon County reported 332 cases Friday, an increase of 13, and state data showed an 11th death.

Milam County reported 545 cases Friday. Of the total, seven cases were active and 531 patients have recovered. Three patients were hospitalized Friday. Seven residents have died.

Mills County reported 74 cases and 61 recoveries Friday. The county’s first death from the virus was reported Wednesday.

Robertson County was reporting 452 confirmed cases Friday. 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. next Tuesday through Friday at the Pridgeon Center at 351 Cooks Ln. in Franklin.

San Saba County reported 116 cases Friday and 72 recoveries. The county reported its first death from the virus Wednesday. The San Saba Transfer Facility was still locked down Friday. The TDCJ Friday reported 121 cases at the unit involving inmates and nine involving employees. A total of 314 inmates are on medical restriction and 122 are medically isolated.

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

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