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Statewide COVID-19 count nears 800,000, Central Texas death toll rises to more than 330

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a bedroom with a bed and a mirror in a room: Three more COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday in Central Texas as the total number of cases confirmed statewide rose to almost 800,000. (File) © Provided by Waco-Temple-Bryan KWTX-TV Three more COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday in Central Texas as the total number of cases confirmed statewide rose to almost 800,000. (File)

(KWTX) - Three more COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday in Central Texas, two in McLennan County and one in Bell County, as the total number of cases confirmed statewide rose to almost 800,000.

Dozens of active COVID-19 cases involving Baylor football players and football staff members were reported Monday. Practice has been suspended and the university’s homecoming game Saturday against Oklahoma State University has been postponed.

The total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Central Texas rose to 22,611 Monday, an increase of 276 since Friday, and the death toll may be as high as 347, but according to state data Thursday at least 333 area residents diagnosed with the virus have now died, including 93 Bell County residents, three more than the local count of 90; eight Bosque County residents; 12 Coryell County residents, one more than the local count of 11; five Falls County residents; three Freestone County residents; four Hamilton County residents; 15 Hill County residents; nine Lampasas County residents; eight Leon County residents; 15 Limestone County residents; 120 McLennan County residents, seven fewer than the local count of 127; seven Milam County residents; 29 Navarro County residents, eight fewer than the local count of 37; and four Robertson County residents.

The statewide death toll rose by just one Monday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported, but since Friday 126 more deaths have been reported, increasing the virus' toll to 16,558.

The state reported 2,648 additional cases of the virus Monday, 2,384 of them newly confirmed, raising the statewide total to 795,126, an increase of almost 9,300 since Friday.

The governor is sending a surge team of 75 doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists to El Paso to join 169 other medical professionals sent to the area earlier after El Paso County’s active case count rose from 4,000 on Oct. 1 to just more than 6,000 Monday.

At least 3,870 patients were hospitalized statewide Monday, an increase of more than 200 since Friday, and in the two Trauma Service Areas that include most of Central Texas, 95 were in hospitals, a dozen more than on Friday.

Hospitalizations in both regions remained below the 15% threshold set by Gov. Greg Abbott in his executive order allowing counties to opt in to a plan to reopen bars at 50% capacity beginning on Oct. 14.

Bell County is opting in to Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to allow bars to reopen at 50% capacity Wednesday.

Bell County Judge David Blackburn filed the opt-in request Monday with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

McLennan County commissioners are scheduled to discuss the issue Tuesday.

More than 6.95 million tests have been administered statewide and the Lab Test Date clinical positivity rate was 7.29% Monday down slightly from 7.81% Friday.

Two Texas counties remain free of the virus.

BELL COUNTY

The Bell County Public Health District didn’t update its dashboard Monday because of the Columbus Day holiday.

The health district was still reporting a total of 5,695 confirmed cases.

Ninety residents diagnosed with the virus have died and 5,234 patients have recovered.

State data, based on death certificates and county of residence, showed 93 deaths, an increase of one.

State data, which include Fort Hood personnel who live on post, showed 5,801 confirmed cases Monday, an increase of 26.

Bell County Judge David Blackburn Monday sent a request to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to opt in to Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to allow bars to reopen at 50% capacity effective Wednesday.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor dashboard Monday showed four current cases and a total of 124 since Aug. 1.

Texas A&M University-Central Texas Friday showed no positive cases this week and a total of eight student cases and four employee cases since March.

The Killeen ISD’s online dashboard Monday showed a total of 48 cases involving students and 96 involving staff since March 16. One active case was reported Monday involving an employee at Harker Heights Elementary; two involving employees and one involving a student at Ira Cross Elementary; two involving students at Meadows Elementary; one involving a student at Montague Elementary; one involving a student at Audie Murphy Middle School; one involving an employee at Eastern Hills Middle School; one involving an employee at Early College High School; five involving employees and three involving students at Killeen High School; one involving a student at the KISD Career Center; one involving a student at Shoemaker High School; three involving employees at the district’s Distribution Center and one involving a transportation employee.

The Temple ISD’s online dashboard Monday showed seven cases at Temple High School, four at Lamar Middle School, one at Bonham Middle School, one in the Transportation Department and one at an auxiliary facility.

The Belton ISD’s online dashboard Monday showed one case at Belton Early Childhood School; two cases at Lakewood Elementary; two cases at Southwest Elementary; one case at Belton Middle School, one case at North Belton Middle School; one case at South Belton Middle School and two at Belton High School.

A temporary state COVID-19 testing site will remain open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Killeen Special Events Center at 3301 South WS Young Dr.

Registration is required.

The Central Texas Food Bank will distribute food from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 17 at Temple College.

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 Monday, an 86-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man, raising the virus' toll in the county to 127.

The health district reported 39 new cases of the virus Monday and another 27 that were previously unreported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 9,029.

Of the total, 464 cases were active and 8,438 patients have recovered.

Fifty four patients were hospitalized Monday, 16 of them on ventilators.

The health district reported 84 new cases over the weekend and the county’s 125th death, a 91-year-old man.

The additional cases include four residents who range in age from 11 to 17; eight who range in age from 18 to 25; four who range in age from 26 to 29; five in their 30s; three in their 40s; three in their 50s; three in their 60s; two in their 70s, and seven who are 80 or older.

McLennan County commissioners meet Tuesday to discuss whether to opt in to Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to allow bars to reopen at 50% capacity effective Wednesday.

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 showed 89 active cases on Monday, two fewer than on Friday, and a total of 1,115 confirmed cases since Aug. 1. Over the past seven days 54 cases have been confirmed for a seven-day positivity rate of 2.5%. Among the active cases are 32 involving student athletes, 28 of them football players. Fourteen football staff members have also tested positive. Baylor’s homecoming game Saturday against Oklahoma State has been postponed until Dec. 12 after a “significant rise in COVID-19 cases,” Athletic Director Mack Rhoades announced Sunday night. Team practice has been suspended until Saturday.

The McLennan Community College dashboard showed nine active cases Monday all of them involving students, and a total of 112 confirmed cases over the past three weeks, 98 of them involving students.

The Waco ISD dashboard Monday showed a cumulative total of 36 students, 34 staff members and four others classified as “other” have tested positive for the virus since Sept. 8. The district reported no active cases at any of its schools Monday.

University High School, Waco High School, the Greater Waco Advanced Health Care Academy and the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy will be closed through Friday in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

University High School’s football on Oct. 16 game against Aledo has been postponed. All other high school district games, meets and matches scheduled from Oct. 9 to Oct. 16 have been postponed and all other high school athletic events have been canceled.

Waco’s G.W. Carver Middle School closed its doors temporarily and sent students home to learn remotely after officials determined a number of students and employees were exposed to COVID-19. Plans called for a return to on-campus instruction there on Tuesday.

The Midway ISD’s online dashboard Monday showed one active case involving a student at Hewitt Elementary; one involving a student and one involving an employee at South Bosque Elementary; one involving a student at Speegleville Elementary; one involving a student at River Valley Intermediate; one involving a student at Woodgate Intermediate; two involving students at Midway Middle School, and two involving employees and 11 involving students at Midway High School.

The Valley Mills ISD has notified parents and students that remote learning will be suspended effective Oct. 20 “for any student who has demonstrated poor attendance, a lack of instructional engagement, or receives a failing grade for any course in the first six weeks period.”

MCLENNAN COUNTY COVID-19 DEATHS

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County did not update its local report Monday and was still reporting 736 confirmed cases of the virus.

Of the total, 115 cases were active and 610 patients have recovered.

State data, which include Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates in the county, showed a total of 1,901 cases Monday, an increase of 28 since Friday, and 1,790 recoveries.

Among the county’s latest cases are one involving a female Copperas Cove resident ranging in age from 10 to 19; one involving a male Copperas Cove resident ranging in age from 10 to 19; three involving Copperas Cove women in their 20s; one involving a Copperas Cove man in his 20s; one involving a Copperas Cove woman in her 30s; one involving a Copperas Cove woman in her 50s, and one involving a Copperas Cove man in his 70s.

Twelve people have died in Coryell County, according to state data, 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 Monday was reporting 19 active cases involving inmates and 21 involving employees at the Christina Melton Crain Unit in Gatesville where 69 inmates were on medical restriction and 20 were isolated; seven cases involving inmates and 42 involving employees at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit in Gatesville where 356 inmates were medically restricted and seven were medically isolated; five cases involving employees at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville; five cases involving employees at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit in Gatesville where 124 inmates were medically restricted, and three cases involving inmates and five cases involving employees at the Linda Woodman State Jail in Gatesville where 93 inmates were on medical restriction and three inmates were medically isolated.

The Copperas Cove ISD’s online dashboard Monday showed one case involving a student and one involving an employee at Copperas Cove High School' one case involving an employee at Copperas Cove Junior High and one case involving a student at Williams/Ledger 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.

The Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Department Monday announced the cancellation of the 2020 Fall-O-Ween Festival scheduled for Oct. 24 at City Park.

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

FALLS COUNTY

Falls County had 591 confirmed cases Monday, an increase of 11 since Friday.

Of the total 252 patients have recovered.

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

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Monday reported 252 active cases involving inmates and 37 involving employees at the Hobby unit where 895 inmates were on medical restriction and 253 were isolated. Three cases involving inmates and eight involving employees were reported at the Marlin Transfer Facility where 53 inmates were medically restricted and three were medically isolated.

The virus has claimed five lives in the county.

LIMESTONE COUNTY

Limestone County reported a total of 618 cases Monday, an increase of seven since Friday.

Of the total, 540 patients have recovered.

Fifteen residents diagnosed with the virus have died.

The first 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 1,359 active and 454 probable cases of the virus Monday for a total of 1,813. Of the total, 112 cases were active Monday and 1,664 patients have recovered.

Six were hospitalized Monday.

The county is reporting 37 deaths.

State data, based on death certificates and county of residence, showed 29 deaths.

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

OTHER COUNTIES

According to the latest figures Monday Bosque County was reporting 371 cases and 302 recoveries. Revised state data based on death certificates showed eight deaths. The Valley Mills ISD has notified parents and students that remote learning will be suspended effective Oct. 20 “for any student who has demonstrated poor attendance, a lack of instructional engagement, or receives a failing grade for any course in the first six weeks period.”

Freestone County reported a total of 428 cases Monday. Of the total 400 patients have recovered. Three residents have died. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported three cases involving inmates and one involving an employee at the William R. Boyd Unit in Teague where 249 inmates were on medical restriction and three were medically isolated.

Hamilton County was reporting 170 cases Monday. Of the total 126 patients have recovered. Four residents have died.

Hill County reported a total of 730 cases Monday and 585 recoveries. Fifteen residents have died. The Hill College dashboard Monday showed two active cases involving students at the school’s Hillsboro campus. The Hillsboro ISD Monday reported one case involving a student at Hillsboro High School and one involving an employee at an administration and operations facility.

Lampasas County was reporting 283 cases Monday and 228 recoveries. Nine residents diagnosed with the virus have died.

Leon County reported 282 cases Monday, Eight patients have died and 226 have recovered.

Milam County was reporting 520 cases Monday, just six of which were active. A total of 507 patients have recovered and seven have died. One patient was hospitalized Monday. The Buckholts ISD shifted to remote learning from Oct. 13 to Oct. 16 after a student tested positive for the virus who was last on campus on Oct. 8.Those in close contact must remain off campus for as long as 14 days. Students return to campus on Oct. 19. Facilities will be deep cleaned and disinfected.

Mills County reported 66 cases and 55 recoveries Monday.

Robertson County had 395 confirmed cases Monday. Of that number 297 patients have recovered. State data showed four deaths. The Bremond ISD has shifted to online instruction through Friday after nine cases of the virus were confirmed.

San Saba County reported 102 cases Monday, an increase of 25 since Friday, and 60 recoveries.

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