Central Texas COVID-19 death toll increases by five; 84 more deaths reported


(KWTX) – Five more Central Texas residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died and the statewide death toll increased by 84 to 48,425 Thursday, but Central Texas first-dose vaccination rates also jumped slightly, according to state data.

As many as 1,644 Central Texas residents diagnosed with the virus have died, but according to Texas Department of State Health Services data Thursday, the regional death toll was 1,619 including 407 Bell County residents, 14 fewer than the local count of 421; 33 Bosque County residents; 85 Coryell County residents; 32 Falls County residents; 49 Freestone County residents; 26 Hamilton County residents; 106 Hill County residents; 32 Lampasas County residents; 42 Leon County residents; 73 Limestone County residents; 465 McLennan County residents, 15 more than the local count of 450; 46 Milam County residents; 21 Mills County residents; 139 Navarro County residents, 11 fewer than the local count of 150; 40 Robertson County residents, and 23 San Saba County residents.

Fifty-seven more confirmed cases of the virus were reported Thursday in Central Texas, raising the regional total to 76,738.

DSHS reported 2,924 additional cases Thursday, 2,770 of them new.

Of the total, 64,360 cases were active on Thursday, 2,695,504 residents have recovered, and 2,931 were hospitalized, down slightly from 2,960 on Wednesday.

In Trauma Service Area L, which includes Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, and Mills counties, at least 48 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 were hospitalized Thursday, accounting for about 5% all hospitalizations and filling about 4% of available beds.

At least 24 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Thursday in Trauma Service Area M, which includes McLennan, Bosque, Falls, Hill and Limestone counties, accounting for about 5% of all hospitalizations and filling about 4% of available beds.

The statewide Lab Test Date positivity Thursday was 6.49%, up slightly from 6.31% on Wednesday.

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

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Central Texas first-dose vaccination rates showed a bump Thursday, based on DSHS data, but area rates still generally trail statewide rates.

As of Thursday, nearly 30% of the residents 16 and older in the 16 Central Texas counties KWTX is tracking have received a first dose, up from 26.9% on Wednesday, and 20.5% of residents 16 and older are fully vaccinated, up from 19.2% Wednesday.

Statewide 9,707,452 or 43.3% of residents 16 and older have received a first dose and 6,121,223 or 27.3% are fully vaccinated, according to Department of State Health Services data.

In Bell County, 66,174 or 24.2% of residents 16 and older have received a first dose, up from 22.8% on Wednesday, and 44,915 or 16.4% are fully vaccinated, up from 16% on Wednesday.

In McLennan County, 72,910 or 36.3% of residents 16 and older have received a first dose, up from 30.9% Wednesday, and 49,551 or 24.7% are fully vaccinated, up from 22.1% Wednesday.

Data Thursday from the state vaccination dashboard showed 38.2% of residents 16 and older in Bosque County have received a first dose and 28% are fully vaccinated; in Coryell County, 20.1% have received one dose and 13.8% are fully vaccinated; in Falls County 30.4% have received one dose and 19.1% are fully vaccinated; in Freestone County, 24.7% have received one dose and 17% are fully vaccinated; in Hamilton County, 43.2% have received one dose and 33.4% are fully vaccinated; in Hill County, 33% have received one dose and 25.5% are fully vaccinated; in Lampasas County, 30.8 % have received one dose and 20.9% are fully vaccinated; in Leon County, 33.1% have received one dose and 23.8% are fully vaccinated; in Limestone County, 28.2% have received one dose and 19.2% are fully vaccinated; in Milam County, 34.1% have received one dose and 24.4% are fully vaccinated; in Mills County, 36.9% have received one dose and 27.7% are fully vaccinated; in Navarro County, 38.5% have received one dose and 27.1% are fully vaccinated; in Robertson County, 34.3% have received one dose and 25.4% are fully vaccinated, and in San Saba County, 25.1% have received one dose and 12.6% are fully vaccinated.

A temporary COVID-vaccination site will operate from next Tuesday through next Thursday at Leo Buckley Stadium at 3409 Atkinson Ave.

Registration is required and opens online on Friday.

A temporary COVID-19 vaccination site will be at Leo Buckley…



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