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More than 400 Central Texas residents have active COVID-19 cases, but reports of new cases continue to fall

More than 400 Central Texas residents had active cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday but reports of...
More than 400 Central Texas residents had active cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday but reports of new cases in the region continue to fall. (File)((Source: WIS))
Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 7:13 PM CDT
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(KWTX) – More than 400 Central Texas residents had active cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday but reports of new cases in the region continue to fall and the number of active cases has dropped dramatically since the first of the year.

Fewer than 40 new cases of the virus were reported Tuesday, increasing the regional total to 79,335.

The Department of State Health Services reported no additional deaths from the virus Tuesday in Central Texas.

The regional death toll may be as high as 1,701 but according to state data Tuesday, the count stands at 1,695 including 441 Bell County residents; 35 Bosque County residents; 87 Coryell County residents; 32 Falls County residents; 50 Freestone County residents; 27 Hamilton County residents; 109 Hill County residents; 33 Lampasas County residents; 43 Leon County residents; 80 Limestone County residents; 478 McLennan County residents,17 more than the local count of 461; 49 Milam County residents; 21 Mills County residents; 144 Navarro County residents, six fewer than the local count of 150; 43 Robertson County residents, and 23 San Saba County residents.

On Tuesday, 411 cases were active in the region, for a rate of about 43 cases per 100,000 residents.

By comparison, on Jan. 1, more than 6,800 cases of the virus were active in the 16 Central Texas counties KWTX is monitoring for a rate of more than 707 cases per 100,000 residents.

Bell County, population 362,924, had 2,296 active cases and a rate of 632 cases per 100,000 residents on Jan. 1, hit a high of 3,081 active cases and a rate of 849 cases per 100,000 residents on Jan. 9, and on Tuesday, had 177 active cases and a rate of 49 per 100,000.

McLennan County, population 256,623, had 1,187 active cases and a rate of 462 per 100,000 on Jan. 1, reported a peak number of 1,489 and a rate of 580 per 100,000 on Jan. 8, and on Tuesday had 70 active cases and a rate of about 27 per 100,000.

Bosque County, population 18,685, had 140 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of 749 per 100,000 residents, a peak number of 297 active cases on and a rate of 849 per 100,000 residents Feb. 7, and on Tuesday had five active cases and a rate of about 27 cases per 100,000.

Coryell County, population 75,951, had 617 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of 812 cases per 100,000 residents, reported a peak number of 1,132 active cases and a rate of 1,490 per 100,000 residents on Feb. 3, and on Tuesday had four active cases and a rate of just more than 5 cases per 100,000 residents.

Falls County, population 17,297, had 225 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of 1,300 cases per 100,000 residents, reported a peak number of 280 active cases and a rate of 1,618 per 100,000 residents on Feb. 9, and on Tuesday had four active cases and a rate of 23 cases per 100,000.

Freestone County, population 19,717, had 109 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of 552 per 100,000 residents, reported a peak number of 417 active cases and a rate of 2,114 per 100,000 residents on Feb. 1, and on Tuesday had 12 cases and a rate of about 61 per 100,000.

Hamilton County, population 8,461, had 112 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to rate of 1,323 per 100,000 residents, and that was the highest daily number in the county so far this year. On Tuesday, the county had one active case and a rate of about 12 cases per 100,000.

Hill County, population 36,649, had 371 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of about 1,012 per 100,000 residents, reported a peak number of 871 active cases with a rate of 2,376 per 100,000 on Feb. 12, and on Tuesday had 20 active cases and a rate of about 55 per 100,000.

Lampasas County, population 21,428, had 160 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of 746 per 100,000 residents, reported a peak number of 601 active cases and a rate of 2,804 per 100,000 on Feb. 1, and on Tuesday had eight active cases and a rate of 23 per 100,000.

Leon County, population 17,404, had 129 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of 741 per 100,000 residents, reported a peak of 299 active cases and a rate of 1,718 per 100,000 on Feb. 7, and on Tuesday had four active cases and a rate of about 23 per 100,000.

Limestone County, population 23,437, had 174 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of 742 per 100,000 residents, reported a peak number of 633 and a rate of 2,700 per 100,000 residents on Feb. 12, and on Tuesday had 15 active cases and a rate of about 64 per 100,000.

Milam County, population 24,823, had 152 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of 612 per 100,000, reported a peak number of 175 active cases and a rate of about 705 per 100,000 on Feb. 1, and on Tuesday had seven active cases and a rate of 28 per 100,000.

Mills County, population 4,873, had 77 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of about 1,580 per 100,000 residents, reported a peak number of 147 active cases and a rate of 3,016 cases per 100,000 residents on Feb. 11, and on Tuesday had 1 case and a rate of 20 per 100,000.

Navarro County, population 50,113, had 831 active cases on Jan. 1, the peak number for the year, which translated to a rate of 1,658 per 100,000 residents. On Tuesday, the county had 45 active cases and a rate of about 90 cases per 100,000.

Robertson County, population 17,074, had 170 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of 996 cases per 100,000 residents, reported a peak high of 469 active cases and a rate of 2,747 per 100,000 on Feb. 7, and on Tuesday had 33 cases and a rate of about 223 per 100,000.

San Saba County, population 6,055, had 55 active cases on Jan. 1, which translates to a rate of 908 per 100,000 residents, reported a peak high number of 232 active cases and a rate of 3,831 per 100,000 residents on Feb. 8, and had no active cases on Tuesday.

Statewide Tuesday, another 1,207 cases of the virus were confirmed, increasing the statewide total to 2,532,112.

At least 2,856,169 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered, 22,633 cases were active Tuesday for a rate of about 13 cases per 100,000 residents, and 1,586 residents were hospitalized.

In Trauma Service Area L, which includes Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, and Mills counties, at least 24 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 were hospitalized Tuesday, accounting for more than 2% of all hospitalizations and filling about 2% of available beds.

At least 20 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Tuesday in Trauma Service Area M, which includes McLennan, Bosque, Falls, Hill and Limestone counties, accounting for 4% of all hospitalizations and filling about 3% of available beds.

The statewide Lab Test Date positivity rate was 2.9% Tuesday.

A positivity rate of 5% or less generally indicates the virus is contained, experts say.

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VACCINATION

More than 55% of Texas residents 12 and older have received one dose of vaccine and just more than 46% were fully vaccinated Tuesday.

In Central Texas, more than 38% have received one dose and almost 32% were fully vaccinated Tuesday.

Experts are concerned about the low rates of vaccination in the region, particularly in light of more virulent variants that are beginning to emerge.

“COVID-19 unfortunately is not going away,” said Dr. Lizbeth Cahuyama Zuniga, an infectious disease specialist with Baylor Scott & White.

“We are still seeing people being admitted into the hospital, the majority of them have not gotten the vaccine,” she said.

“Through all the past year and this year there have been the developments of all these new variants across the globe,” she said.

She says variants out of the United Kingdom, India and California are all present in Texas.

“The vaccine works against the variants, actually most recently the MRNA vaccine have 90% efficacy against variants,” she said.

“Those patients that are getting these infections are developing a more aggressive disease, ending up in the hospital, developing complications and then having a higher risk of death.”

In Bell County, 35% of residents 12 and older have received one dose and more than 28% are fully vaccinated.

In McLennan County, more than 44% of residents 12 and older have received one dose and more than 37% are fully vaccinated.

In Bosque County Tuesday, almost 37% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Coryell County, more than 26% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Falls County, more than 31% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Freestone County, more than 26% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Hamilton County, almost 39% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Hill County, more than 32% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Lampasas County, more than 32% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Leon County, almost 31% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Limestone County, more than 28% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Milam County, almost 35% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Mills County, more than 33% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Navarro County, almost 36% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Robertson County, almost 35% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated and in San Saba County, almost 26% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated.

The Waco-McLennan County Health District in coordination with the Waco NAACP will hold a free vaccination clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the annual Juneteenth celebration at Wilbert Austin Park at 401 Hood St. Anyone 18 or older is eligible. Residents may register online, but registration is not required.

The state has expanded its Mobile Vaccine Program to include groups of five or more residents who choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Previously groups of 10 or more were required to take advantage of the service.

Residents may call 844-90-TEXAS and then select Option 3 to schedule a mobile clinic to vaccinate a group of friends, relatives, employees, and others.

Homebound Texans are still encouraged to call the hotline and select Option 1 to request a state mobile vaccination team to visit their home.

The call center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The state earlier halted weekly allocations of COVID-19 vaccine to providers because supply exceeds demand instead is filling vaccine orders as they come in.

Text a zip code to GetVax (438829), or in Spanish to Vacuna (822862), and the response will list three nearby locations with vaccines in stock.

The Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler allows residents to sign up for COVID-19 shots through a list of public health departments and select preferred times of day for vaccinations. Those without internet access may call 1-833-832-7067 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

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BELL COUNTY

The Bell County Health District paused updates of its local dashboard in May but says the updates will resume if the county’s incidence rate rises to more than 80 cases per 100,000 residents.

State data showed 15 additional confirmed cases of the virus Tuesday, raising the county’s total to 22,523.

State data also showed 2,349 probable cases.

At least 177 cases were active Tuesday and 22,187 residents have recovered.

State data showed 441 deaths.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor dashboard Tuesday showed two active cases and a total of 370 since Aug. 1, 2020.

Texas A&M University-Central Texas showed no active cases Tuesday and a total of 43 since March 2020, 31 of them involving students.

The Killeen ISD is working with McLane Children’s Hospital to provide vaccines to children 12 and older.

Consent forms and information about dates and locations are available online.

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MCLENNAN COUNTY

The Waco-McLennan County Health District reported 21 additional cases of the virus Tuesday, raising the county’s total to 27,682.

At least 70 cases were active Tuesday, 27,151 residents have recovered, and 15 were hospitalized, five of them on ventilators.

The virus has claimed 461 lives in the county, according to local data, and 478, according to DSHS data.

COVID-19 testing provided by the Waco-McLennan County Health District and the Waco-McLennan County Office of Emergency Management has ended. Providers throughout the county including clinics and pharmacies still offer COVID-19 testing. The DSHS test location finder is a resource.

Baylor University’s online dashboard showed four active cases involving students and one involving a staff member. Since Aug. 1, 2000, a total of 4,006 active cases have been confirmed on campus. Four tests have come back positive in the past seven days. Baylor is requiring weekly COVID-19 testing of students, faculty, and staff through the summer. The university will not require students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against the virus this fall but is strongly encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.

The McLennan Community College dashboard showed no active cases Tuesday, and a cumulative total of 364 cases, 282 involving students.

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CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County had 7,032 confirmed and 286 probable cases Tuesday.

Five cases were active, and 7,227 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered.

The virus has claimed 87 lives in the county.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Tuesday reported two cases involving employees at the Christina Melton Crain Unit; one case involving an employee at the Hilltop Unit; six cases involving employees at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit, where 91 inmates were restricted and one was isolated; no active cases at the Mountain View Unit; one case involving an employee at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit, and two cases involving inmates at the Linda Woodman State Jail where 53 inmates are restricted and two are isolated.

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FALLS COUNTY

Falls County had a total of 1,900 confirmed and 202 probable cases Tuesday.

Four cases were active and 2,066 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered.

The virus has claimed 32 lives in the county, according to state data.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Tuesday reported one case involving an employee at the William Hobby Unit in Marlin, which was virus free for several weeks, and no active cases at the Marlin Transfer Unit.

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LIMESTONE COUNTY

Limestone County had 2,168 confirmed and 654 probable cases of the virus Tuesday.

Fifteen cases were active, and 2,727 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered.

The virus has claimed 80 lives in the county, according to state data.

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NAVARRO COUNTY

The total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Navarro County since the start of the pandemic increased by one Tuesday to 3,482.

At least 2,423 probable cases have been reported in the county since the start of the pandemic.

Forty-five cases were active Tuesday, 5,716 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered, and 150 have died, according to local data.

State data showed 144 deaths.

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OTHER COUNTIES

Bosque County had 1,379 total confirmed and 313 probable cases of the virus Tuesday. Of the total, 1,652 residents have recovered and 35 have died, according to state data. At least five cases were active Tuesday.

Freestone County had 1,126 confirmed and 842 probable cases Tuesday. At least 1,906 residents have recovered and 50 have died according to state data. At least 12 cases were active Tuesday. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Tuesday reported one case involving an employee at the William Boyd Unit in Teague.

Hamilton County had 723 total confirmed and 60 probable cases of the virus Tuesday. At least 755 residents have recovered and 27 have died, according to state data. One case was active Tuesday.

Hill County Tuesday had 3,817 total confirmed cases and 728 probable cases. At least 4,416 patients have recovered, and 109 residents have died, according to state data. At least 20 cases were active Tuesday.

Lampasas County had 1,868 total confirmed and 337 probable cases Tuesday. At least 2,164 residents have recovered, and 33 residents have died, according to state data. At least eight cases were active Tuesday.

Leon County had 1,281 confirmed and 369 probable cases Tuesday. At least 1,603 patients have recovered, and 43 residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data. At least four cases were active Tuesday.

Milam County had 1,460 confirmed and 1,095 probable cases Tuesday. At least 2,548 patients have recovered and 49 have died. Seven cases were active Tuesday.

Mills County had 596 confirmed and 63 probable cases of the virus Tuesday. At least 637 patients have recovered and 21 have died, according to state data. One case was active Tuesday.

Robertson County had 1,773 confirmed cases Tuesday and 434 probable cases. At least 2,126 patients have recovered, and 43 residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data. At least 38 cases were active Tuesday.

San Saba County had 525 confirmed cases Tuesday and 256 probable cases. At least 759 patients have recovered and 23 have died, according to state data, which showed no active cases Tuesday. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Tuesday reported one case involving an inmate and two involving employees at the San Saba Transfer Facility where 24 inmates were restricted, and two were isolated.

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