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Texas reports 5,200 new COVID-19 cases; 6 more area residents die

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a refrigerator in a small room: Texas reported more than 5,200 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, raising the statewide total to more than 800,000, and six more area residents have died of the virus. (File) © Provided by Waco-Temple-Bryan KWTX-TV Texas reported more than 5,200 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, raising the statewide total to more than 800,000, and six more area residents have died of the virus. (File)

(KWTX) – Texas reported 5,210 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, raising the statewide total to 800,415, and six more area residents have died of the virus as the total number of cases in Central Texas increased to 22,842.

Health officials reported two additional deaths in both Bell and McLennan counties and new deaths were also reported in Freestone and Leon counties.

The Central Texas death toll may be as high as 352, but according to state data Tuesday at least 336 area residents diagnosed with the virus have now died, including 94 Bell County residents, two more than the local count of 92; eight Bosque County residents; 12 Coryell County residents, one more than the local count of 11; five Falls County residents; four Freestone County residents; four Hamilton County residents; 15 Hill County residents; nine Lampasas County residents; nine Leon County residents; 15 Limestone County residents; 121 McLennan County residents, eight fewer than the local count of 129; seven Milam County residents; 29 Navarro County residents, eight fewer than the local count of 37; and four Robertson County residents.

The statewide increase in confirmed cases was the largest since Sept. 30 and it came on the first day of the state’s extended early voting period and a day before bars in many Texas counties may reopen at 50% capacity with the permission of local county judges.

Of the statewide total, 77,126 cases were active Tuesday and 708,349 patients have recovered.

The Texas Department of State Health Services also reported 64 additional deaths from the virus Tuesday, raising the statewide death toll to 16,622.

At least 4,053 patients were hospitalized statewide Tuesday, an increase of more than 180 over Monday, and at least 100 patients were in hospitals in the two Trauma Service Areas that include most of Central Texas.

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 Wednesday.

Both Bell and McLennan counties have opted in to the plan.

More than 7 million tests have been administered statewide and the Lab Test Date clinical positivity rate was 7.39% Tuesday, up slightly from 7.29% Monday.

Just one of the state’s 254 counties remains free of the virus.

BELL COUNTY

The Bell County Public Health District reported two more COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s, both from Temple, raising the virus' toll in the county to 92, according to local data.

The health district also reported 130 additional confirmed cases of the virus Tuesday, raising the county’s total to 5,825.

Of the total, 403 cases were active Tuesday and 5,330 patients have recovered.

“There are a lot of drivers behind this increase including, but certainly not limited to, more people going out and about, businesses reopening, school starting and of course the holiday season is also going to continue to be a factor,” health district Director Dr. Amanda Robison-Chadwell said Tuesday.

State data, based on death certificates and county of residence, showed 94 deaths, an increase of one.

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 Tuesday still showed four current cases and a total of 124 since Aug. 1.

Texas A&M University-Central Texas Tuesday 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 Tuesday showed a total of 52 cases involving students and 98 involving staff since March 16. The district Tuesday reported two cases involving employees and one involving a student at Ira Cross Elementary; one involving a student at Meadows Elementary; one involving a student at Montague Elementary; one involving a student at Mountain View Elementary; one involving a student at Skipcha 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; four involving employees and four involving students at Killeen High School; one involving a student at the KISD Career Center; one involving an employee and two involving students at Shoemaker High School, and two involving employees at non-campus facilities.

The Temple ISD’s online dashboard Tuesday 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 Tuesday showed one case at Belton Early Childhood School; one case at Chisholm Trail Elementary; two cases at Southwest Elementary; one case at North Belton Middle School; three cases at South Belton Middle School and three at Belton High School.

A temporary state COVID-19 testing site will remain open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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 Tuesday, a 94-year-old woman and an 89-year old man, raising the virus' toll in the county to 129.

The health district also reported 96 new cases of the virus Tuesday, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 9,125.

Of the total, 524 cases were active Tuesday and 8,472 patients have recovered.

Sixty two patients were hospitalized Tuesday, 16 of them on ventilators

Forty nine of the 62 are McLennan County residents.

The latest cases involve one resident who’s younger than 1; nine who range in age from 11 to 17; 15 who range in age from 18 to 25; six who range in age from 26 to 29; 16 in their 30s; 14 in their 40s; nine in their 50s; eight in their 60s; eight in their 70s, and 10 who are 80 or older.

McLennan County is opting into Gov. Greg Abbot’s plan to allow bars to reopen at 50% capacity Wednesday. McLennan County Judge Scott Felton, after discussing the issue Tuesday morning with county commissioners, decided to sign the order.

“I did not make this decision lightly. I received input from the commissioners court at today’s meeting which unanimously favored opting-in,” Felton said in a press release. “I also heard information from our local health authority that indicated that the normal way bars operate would lead him to an opposite conclusion,” he said. “However, the minimum standard protocols, if followed, should relieve those concerns to a significant extent,” he said.

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 97 active cases Tuesday and a total of 1,135 positive tests since Aug. 1. In the past seven days 66 cases have been confirmed for a seven-day positivity rate of 3.3%. 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 seven active cases Tuesday, 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 Tuesday showed a cumulative total of 36 students, 37 staff members and four others classified as “other” have tested positive for the virus since Sept. 8. The district reported one case Tuesday at Parkdale Elementary and two at Waco High School.

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.

The Midway ISD’s online dashboard Tuesday 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; two involving employees and 11 involving students at Midway High School, and two involving employees at non-campus facilities.

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 reported 11 additional cases Tuesday, raising the county’s total to 747.

Of the total, 126 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 1,912 cases Tuesday, an increase of 10, and 1,790 recoveries.

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 Tuesday was reporting 19 active cases involving inmates and 20 involving employees at the Christina Melton Crain Unit in Gatesville where 70 inmates were on medical restriction and 21 were isolated; seven cases involving inmates and 42 involving employees at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit in Gatesville where 309 inmates were medically restricted and seven were medically isolated; three 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 four cases involving employees at the Linda Woodman State Jail in Gatesville where 46 inmates were on medical restriction and three inmates were medically isolated.

The Copperas Cove ISD’s online dashboard Tuesday 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 Martin Walker 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 610 confirmed cases Tuesday, an increase of 19.

Of the total 254 patients have recovered.

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

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Tuesday reported 250 active cases involving inmates and 38 involving employees at the William P Hobby Unit where 893 inmates were on medical restriction and 253 were isolated. Three cases involving inmates and nine 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 623 cases Tuesday, an increase of five.

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 was still reporting 1,359 active and 454 probable cases of the virus Tuesday for a total of 1,813. Of the total, 112 cases were active Tuesday and 1,664 patients have recovered.

Six were hospitalized.

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 Tuesday Bosque County was reporting 377 confirmed 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 430 cases Tuesday. Of the total 403 patients have recovered. A fourth resident has 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 172 cases Tuesday. Of the total 126 patients have recovered. Four residents have died.

Hill County reported a total of 734 cases Tuesday and 585 recoveries. Fifteen residents have died. The Hill College dashboard Tuesday showed two active cases involving students at the school’s Hillsboro campus. The Hillsboro ISD Tuesday 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 286 cases Tuesday and 231 recoveries. Nine residents diagnosed with the virus have died.

Leon County reported 286 cases Tuesday. Nine patients have died and 226 have recovered.

Milam County was reporting 520 cases Tuesday. A total of 514 patients have recovered and seven have died. The Buckholts ISD shifted to remote learning through 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 67 cases and 55 recoveries Tuesday.

Robertson County had 413 confirmed cases Tuesday. Of that number 108 cases were active Tuesday and 301 patients have recovered. Four residents have died. The Bremond ISD has shifted to online instruction through Friday after nine cases of the virus were confirmed.

San Saba County reported 103 cases Tuesday and 60 recoveries.

TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID-19 DATA

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