CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 10-202020-03-31

(TEXAS) A new virus sweeping the globe reached pandemic status. Here`s the latest updates:

Texas surpassed 17,000 total deaths on Monday after 119 additional deaths were reported since Friday. The State also added 12,800 new cases since Friday as the active case count held around 82,000. Bell County added 3 new deaths, giving the county 95 total. There was 69 new cases reported since Friday and 477 cases are considered active. McLennan County reported 72 new cases Monday for 517 active. The county death toll is 138. Falls County reported 350 active cases and 5 deaths. The Hobby prison unit there remains on lockdown. Texas Department of Criminal Justice said there were 36 active cases involving inmates and 33 active cases involving employees at the unit. Nearly 700 inmates and employees were on medical restriction there. Brazos County picked up 26 new cases Monday and have 631 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 63. Williamson County has 200 active cases and 147 deaths; Burleson County has 74 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has just 9 active cases and 14 deaths; and Robertson County has 84 active cases and 4 deaths. 

FROM 10-19:

As of Saturday, Texas reported nearly 17,000 deaths from COVID-19. There are currently 82,000 active cases of the virus as of the weekend. McLennan County reported Saturday the deaths of 3 more residents, taking their death count to 137. They also had 109 new cases and have 585 active. Williamson County added 44 new cases and have 200 active. Their death toll increased by 1 to 147. Brazos County picked up 29 new cases and have 632 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 63. Burleson County has 79 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 8 active cases and 14 deaths; and Robertson County has 92 active cases and 4 deaths. 

FROM 10-16:

Another 4,700 more Texans were confirmed to have COVID-19 on Thursday, pushing the statewide case load to nearly 810,000. There are 76,000 active cases. Ninety-five Texans died as the statewide death toll reached 16,812. A 2nd prison unit in the area has also been placed on lockdown due to a major outbreak of the virus. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said the San Saba Transfer Facility was locked down after an outbreak there. The Hobby unit in Marlin remains on lockdown amid some 300 active cases there. Bell County reported 56 new cases and have 443 active. Their death toll is 92. McLennan County added a 132nd death to their tally. They had 56 new cases for 526 active. Brazos County picked up 57 new cases and have 602 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 63. Williamson County reported 319 new cases and 1 new death. They have 185 active cases and 146 deaths. Burleson County has 61 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 11 active cases and 14 deaths; and Robertson County has 82 active cases and 4 deaths. 

FROM 10-15:

The State of Texas added 95 more deaths to their tally Wednesday, upping the death toll to 16,717. Another 4,600 cases were reported in the state, making for 805,000 Texans that have been infected in total. Bell County reported 28 new cases and have 407 active. Their death count is unchanged at 94. McLennan County picked up 2 additional deaths, upping their toll to 133. They also had 62 new cases, giving them 527 active. Brazos County saw 27 additional cases for 589 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 63. Williamson County added 31 new cases and have 202 active. Their death toll is also unchanged at 145. Falls County has 357 active cases, including 250 in the Hobby prison unit in Marlin. Burleson County has 60 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 15 active cases and 14 deaths; and Robertson County has 78 active cases and 4 deaths. 

FROM 10-14:

Texas reported 64 new deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, upping the statewide death toll to 16,622. There were also over 5,200 new cases of the virus confirmed, the largest single-day increase since September 30th. Texas now has over 800,000 total cases since the pandemic began, though only 77,000 are considered active. Bell County added 2 new deaths and 130 new cases. They have 92 deaths and 403 active cases. McLennan County also reported 2 new deaths and picked up 96 new cases. They have 129 deaths and 524 active cases. Brazos County is up to 601 active cases, though their death toll is unchanged at 63. Williamson County added 43 new cases and have 183 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 145. Falls County is at 351 active cases and 5 deaths. The Hobby prison unit there remains on lockdown after an outbreak. Burleson County has 49 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 15 active cases and 14 deaths; and Robertson County has 58 active cases and 4 deaths. 

FROM 10-13:

One hundred twenty-six Texans died from COVID-19 since Friday, pushing the statewide death toll to 16,558. The good news is that only 1 new death was reported Monday. Texas is nearing 800,000 total confirmed cases since the pandemic began after another 2,600 cases were reported Monday. Meanwhile, Governor Greg Abbott sent a surge team of doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists to El Paso after the active case count in that area doubled since October 1st. Several area counties have also announced plans to allow bars to re-open under recent orders from Abbott. Bell County Judge David Blackburn said he plans to file an opt-in request to allow bars to open at 50% capacity. Williamson County has already done so and bars can open beginning Wednesday. McLennan County plans to discuss the matter today. Milam County Judge Steve Young said he plans to file the opt-in request as well. 

Bell County did not update their data Monday due to the holiday and is still showing 368 active cases and 93 deaths. McLennan County added 2 new deaths and 39 more cases. Their death toll is up to 127 and their active case count is 464. Falls County has 334 active cases and 5 deaths. The Hobby Unit prison in Marlin remains on lockdown there. Brazos County reported 18 new cases of the virus and 614 active cases. Their death count is unchanged at 63. Williamson County picked up 86 cases since Friday and reported 1 new death. They have 163 active cases and 145 deaths. Burleson County has 50 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 16 active cases and 14 deaths; and Robertson County has 61 active cases and 4 deaths. 

FROM 10-12:

While there was no reporting Sunday, as of Saturday night Texas had over 73,000 active cases of COVID-19. Over 16,500 Texans have died from the virus. As of Saturday, Brazos County had 634 active cases and 63 deaths. McLennan County reported 476 active cases and 1 new death. Bell County had 90 deaths and 378 active cases. Burleson County has 52 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 17 active cases and 14 deaths; and Robertson County has 62 active cases and 4 deaths. 

FROM 10-10:

Milam County reported another active case, bringing the active case count to 7. There have been 521 total cases in the County. The death toll of Milam County is 7. The State of Texas reportedly has a total of 825,000 cases and 16,955 deaths. The United States reports a total of 7.7 million cases, with 214,000 deaths.

FROM 10-9:

Texas reported another 104 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the statewide death toll to 16,334. There were 4,200 new cases of the virus reported, though the active case count is holding around 71,000. Bell County added 3 new deaths to their toll on Thursday, giving them 90 according to local data. There were also 23 new cases confirmed, making 378 active. McLennan County had 1 new death to make 123. There were 84 new cases added as their active count is just under 500. Brazos County saw another 107 new cases to give them 652 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 60. Williamson County had 12 new cases and is at 192 active. Their death toll is 144. Falls County has 387 active cases, including 265 inmates and 36 employees in the Hobby Unit in Marlin. Burleson County has 48 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 18 active cases and 14 deaths; and Robertson County has 50 active cases and 4 deaths.

FROM 10-8:

Governor Greg Abbott followed through with his suggestion to allow bars to re-open on Thursday, issuing an executive order allowing them to open at 50% capacity in hospital regions where COVID-19 hospitalizations are low and county officials sign off on the matter. County Judge can opt their counties into allowing bars to open back up if hospitalizations in their area are under 15% capacity. Milam County Judge Steve Young said he will sign an order allowing such a move here. The new order also increases occupancy limits for all businesses other than bars to 75%. Texas reported 119 deaths Wednesday, giving the state 16,230 total deaths from the virus. There were 4,100 new cases reported as the active case count still hovers around 71,000. 

Bell County reported 28 new cases Wednesday and have 369 active. Their death toll is 87. McLennan County added 3 more deaths, taking their total to 111. Another 74 cases were also confirmed, as their active case count hit 486. Brazos County picked up 69 new cases and have 616 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 60. Williamson County reported 21 new cases and have 207 active. They had 1 new death, giving them 144. Falls County is up to 385 active cases, including 264 of those in the Hobby Unit in Marlin. That prison unit remains on lockdown after a major outbreak of the virus. Over 800 inmates were medically restricted and another 264 were isolated. Burleson County has 38 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 18 active cases and 14 deaths; and Robertson County has 48 active cases and 4 deaths.

FROM 10-7:

Texas saw less than 100 deaths due to COVID-19 yet again Tuesday, though an local state prison unit was locked down due to an outbreak of the virus. Just 78 Texans died Tuesday, taking the statewide death toll past 16,000. There were 3,800 new cases of the virus reported Tuesday as the active case count hovered around 71,000. The big news however was the lockdown of the William Hobby women`s state prison unit in Marlin in Falls County. Over 275 inmates and employees were confirmed to have the virus there and another 900 inmates were on medical restriction. Some 260 inmates were being medically isolated. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported 265 active cases involving inmates and 11 involving employees at the Hobby unit. Nearly 1,000 inmates and employees were on medical restriction. 

Bell County reported 3 more deaths Tuesday and 31 new cases. They have 362 active cases. McLennan County picked up 59 new cases Tuesday and have 439 active. Their death toll is 119. Brazos County added 39 new cases and are just above 600 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 60. Williamson County reported 59 new cases and have 204 active. Their death tally is unchanged at 143. Falls County has 346 active cases and 5 deaths; Robertson County has 44 active cases and 3 deaths; Burleson County has 34 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 18 active cases and 14 deaths. 

FROM 10-6:

United States President Donald Trump staged a dramatic return to the White House on Monday after leaving the hospital where he was being treated for COVID-19. The President also did an about face with regard to his perception of the virus. After tweeting over the weekend he learned a lot about the virus and seemed to take it seriously, his message Monday was that Americans should not fear the virus at all. Presidential doctors on Monday said Trump remains contagious and is not out of the woods. Recovery is expected to continue at the White House. Several top aides to Trump, including his wife, have also tested positive in recent days. 

Here in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott on Monday alluded to the possible re-opening of bars here. In his tweet, Abbott said Texans continue to keep COVID under control, including posting one of the lowest fatality days in a long time. He went on to say more openings will be announced soon. Bars have remained closed since June 26th and many have turned to selling food under restaurant licensing. Texas reported just 8 new deaths Monday as the state total rested just above 16,000. Only 2,100 cases of the virus were reported Monday as the state nears 770,000 total cases. The active case count is up slightly to 71,000. Bell County reported 67 new cases since Friday, with 364 active cases. Their death count is unchanged at 84. McLennan County reported 172 new cases since Friday and have 406 active. One more death was added to the tally, giving them 119. Brazos County added 42 new cases and have 326 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 60. Williamson County reported 96 new cases since Friday. Their active case count is 171 and their death toll is unchanged at 143. Falls County saw a large leap in cases, many attributed to the Hobby Unit in Marlin. They stand at 224 active cases and 5 deaths. Robertson County has 42 active cases and 3 deaths; Burleson County has 35 active cases and 6 deaths; and Lee County has 18 active cases and 15 deaths. 

FROM 10-5:

United States President Donald Trump had confirmed late last week that he and his wife contracted COVID-19. Trump was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center over the weekend. On Sunday, Trump briefly the hospital in his car in order to wave to supporters gathered outside. The car ride came after he promised supporters a surprise in a video posted to his social media account. He has so far called the virus an interesting journey and noted he has learned a lot. Doctors treating the president say he continues to improve and suggested he could be discharged as soon as today. 

On Saturday, Calvert ISD announced they canceled in-person learning for 2 weeks after a staff member tested positive for the virus. The district will be online only for now and students will have to complete assignments through learning packets until October 17th. The staff member tested positive and was on campus October 1st. The member had been in contact with a person that tested positive. All students and staff that were in contact with the staff member have been notified. Elsewhere, McLennan County reported a 118th death on Sunday. They also added 26 new cases and have 441 active. Brazos County picked up 37 new cases and have 578 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 60. Burleson County has 38 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 18 active cases and 14 deaths; Robertson County has 44 active cases and 3 deaths. 

FROM 10-3:

Milam County currently only has 2 active cases, and has had a total of 7 reported deaths. The state of Texas has had 788,695 cases and 4,344 deaths. The United States has had 7 million cases and 211,000 deaths.

FROM 10-2:

The President of the United States and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19. President Donald Trump tweeted the news early this morning, saying he and Melania Trump will begin the quarantine and recovery process immediately. The positive tests come hours after top senior White House aide Hope Hicks tested positive after traveling with the president several times in the last week. Here in Texas, another 112 people died, pushing the statewide death toll to 15,823. There were 3,200 more cases confirmed Thursday, pushing the Texas total past 3/4 of a million. There are nearly 70,000 active cases. Bell County reported an 84th death due to the virus on Thursday and added 16 new cases to their tally. They have 343 active cases. McLennan County reported 4 new deaths, upping their death toll to 115. They have 502 active cases of the virus. Brazos County had 44 new cases and 603 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 60. Falls County has 99 active cases and 5 deaths; Burleson County has 36 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 20 active cases and 14 deaths; Robertson County has 41 active cases and 3 deaths; Williamson County has 121 active cases and 143 deaths.

FROM 10-1:

Texas saw a large jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with 5,300. The active case count is hovering around 68,000. Another 87 Texans died of the virus, inching the state closer to 16,000 total deaths. The Brazos County Health Department reported 39 new cases and have 632 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 60. Bell County added 39 new cases and have 343 active. Their death toll increased by 1 to 83. McLennan County picked up 57 new cases and have 462 active. Their death toll is 111. Williamson County has 131 active cases and 143 deaths; Burleson County has 37 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 168 active cases and 15 deaths; and Robertson County has 74 active cases and 3 deaths.

FROM 9-30:

The Texas death toll only increased by double digits on Tuesday, moving up 71 to 15,604. The State also reported 3,800 new cases of COVID-19, though only 68,000 cases are active statewide. Bell County added 17 more cases and have 327 active. Their death toll is 82 per local data. McLennan County reported 61 new cases and 3 more deaths. The death toll is now 111 and their active case count now 437. Brazos County picked up 51 confirmed cases Tuesday and have 646 active. Their death count is unchanged at 60. Williamson County has 143 deaths and 131 active cases; Robertson County has 74 active cases and 3 deaths; Burleson County has 34 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 17 active cases and 14 deaths; Falls County has 101 active cases and 5 deaths. 

FROM 9-29:

Some counties in the area are being ordered to reverse course on easing restrictions. The State of Texas on Monday ordered McLennan, Bosque, Falls, Hill, and Limestone Counties to roll back business and restaurant capacity from 75% to 50%. The order comes after the number of hospitalized virus patients in that Trauma Service Area rose above 15%. The Trauma Service Area comprised of Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, and Mills Counties is less than 5%. Another 4,600 Texans were confirmed to have the virus Monday, increasing the state total to nearly 740,000. The active case count is under 68,000. The Texas death toll is now 15,533. 

Bell County reported 61 new cases since Friday, with 320 active cases. Their death toll increased by 1 to 82, though state data shows 85 deaths. McLennan County added 61 new cases and reported a 108th death. Their active case count is above 400. Brazos County upped their case count by 38 on Monday, while their active case count is at 659. Their death toll is unchanged at 60. Williamson County confirmed 59 cases since Friday. They have 120 active cases and 142 deaths. Falls County has 98 active cases and 5 deaths; Robertson County has 55 active cases and 3 deaths; Burleson County has 33 active cases and 6 deaths; and Lee County has 17 active cases and 14 deaths. 

FROM 9-28:

The State of Texas is nearing 16,000 total deaths due to COVID-19. While there have been over 733,000 total cases here, only 68,000 are considered active. Marlin ISD announced Friday that high school students will return to campus for in-person instruction today. Middle school students there will remain online only through October 5th. Both campuses sent all students to online learning after a virus outbreak there last week. Brazos County reported 32 new cases and have 664 active. Their death toll is 60. McLennan County added just 17 new cases and have 418 active. Their death toll is up to 107. Burleson County has 36 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 17 active cases and 14 deaths; and Robertson County has 44 active cases and 3 deaths. 

FROM 9-26:

Milam County currently has 498 total cases, 14 active cases, and 6 deaths. The State of Texas has had 762,000 cases, and 15,000 deaths. The United States has had 7.06 million cases, and 204,000 deaths.

FROM 9-25:

The Texas death count went up by 138 on Thursday to 15,267. There were 3,800 more cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday, taking the statewide total to 723,000. Meanwhile, the active case count in the state shrank to 66,483. Bell County reported 22 new cases and have 261 active. They also had 2 additional deaths, giving them 81 based on the local count. State data shows Bell County with 84 deaths. McLennan County added 91 new cases and have 466 active. Their death toll is 99. Brazos County picked up 71 more cases and have 680 active. There was 1 new death yesterday, giving them 60 total. Falls County has 61 active cases and 5 deaths; Robertson County has 58 active cases and 3 deaths; Burleson County has 43 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 20 active cases and 14 deaths. 

FROM 9-24:

There were 135 more Texans killed by COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking Texas past the 15,000 mark for statewide deaths. The state has now become the 4th to see that many die from the virus. Just over 3,000 more cases of the virus were confirmed here, with roughly 86,000 active cases of the virus. Bell County has 273 active cases after another 33 additional cases Wednesday. The County shows 79 deaths, though the state mark is at 84. McLennan County reported 75 new cases and a 99th death from the virus. They have 430 active cases. Brazos County added 56 new cases and have 672 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 59. Lee County has 19 active cases, Burleson County 34 active cases, Falls County 65 active cases, Robertson County 44 active cases, and Williamson County 171 active cases. 

FROM 9-23:

The Texas death toll is just shy of 15,000 after another 77 Texans died Tuesday. The United States death toll from COVID-19 meanwhile crossed the 200,000 barrier. Just under 4,000 cases were confirmed in Texas yesterday, taking the statewide total to 716,000. The active case count has risen slightly to 87,000. The virus has also impacted a handful of sports and schools this week. Marlin Middle School and Marlin High School have both moved to remote learning for the rest of this week after about a dozen cases cropped up on those campuses. The Lampasas-Gatesville junior varsity and varsity football games have been canceled this week. 

Bell County announced 44 new cases Tuesday, giving them 260 active. Their death toll is 79 according to local data and 82 per state data. McLennan County reported 55 new cases and have 415 active. Their death count is 98. Brazos County added 20 new cases of the virus and have 680 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 59. Williamson County confirmed 17 new cases bringing their active count to 156. They have 142 total deaths. Falls County has 57 active cases and 5 deaths. Burleson County has 33 active cases and 6 deaths. Lee County is at 19 active cases and 14 deaths. Robertson County reported 40 active cases and 4 deaths. 

FROM 9-22:

Texas is nearing 700,000 total infections of COVID-19, sitting just under 699,000. Only 1,700 new cases were reported Monday. The state death toll is up to nearly 15,000. Meanwhile, the United States death toll is inching closer to the 200,000 milestone. Bell County added 21 new cases since Friday and has 260 active. Their death count is 77. McLennan County reported a 98th death and had 51 new cases Monday. Their active case count is 349. Brazos County picked up 21 new cases Monday and have 743 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 59. Williamson County saw their death toll rise to 142 as their active case count is at 156. Falls County has 54 active cases, Burleson County 35 active cases, Lee County 19 active cases, and Robertson County 41 active cases. 

FROM 9-21:

Restrictions on certain businesses will be eased beginning this week. Texas Governor Greg Abbott last week announced that restaurants, businesses, manufacturing facilities, museums, and libraries may begin operating at 75% capacity. Restrictions are also being eased on hospitals and nursing homes. Hospitals will be able to resume elective procedures and surgeries while nursing homes in areas where hospitalizations are under 15% may re-open for visitation under strict guidelines. While most restrictions across the board are being eased, bars are to remain closed to the public. 

Locally, Brazos County reported 28 new cases Sunday and saw their active case load drop to 810. Their death count is unchanged at 59. McLennan County reported 33 new cases Sunday and have 332 active. Their death toll is 97. Burleson County has 39 active cases. Lee County is at 24 active cases. Robertson County had 41 active cases. 

FROM 9-19:

The Milam County active case count now sits at 20, with one death added to the toll. Texas has had a total of 714,000 cases and 15,000 deaths. The United States has had a total of 6.75 million cases, with 198,000 reported deaths.

FROM 9-18:

Various restrictions on businesses are being eased beginning Monday. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that restaurants, businesses, manufacturing facilities, museums, and libraries may begin operating at 75% capacity starting next week. The restrictions are also being eased on hospitals and nursing homes. Hospitals will be able to resume elective procedures and surgeries while nursing homes in areas where hospitalizations are under 15% may re-open for visitation under strict guidelines. While most restrictions across the board are being eased, bars are to remain closed to the public. As far as nursing homes go, residents are to designate up to 2 essential family caregivers whom facilities will have to train in the use of personal protective equipment and other infection control measures before they may enter the facilities. Those designated individuals will only be able to enter facilities and rooms one at a time and must schedule visits in advance and use proper PPE. 

The Texas death toll increased by 112 on Thursday to 14,590. Another 4,000 cases of the virus were added yesterday, taking the statewide total to nearly 679,000. The active case count is hovering around 69,000. Bell County reported 40 new cases of the virus and have 274 active. Their death toll is at 77. McLennan County added another death and 65 new cases. They have 444 active cases and 92 deaths. Brazos County picked up 73 more cases and have 958 active. Their death toll increased by 1 to 59. Williamson County had 35 new cases and has 135 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 139. Falls County has 42 active cases, Robertson County 36, Burleson County 38, and Lee County just 18. 

FROM 9-17:

Texas saw a slight uptick in active cases on Wednesday. The state reported 69,500 active cases, up from just under 69,000 the day before Another 135 Texans died from the virus, taking the death toll to 14,478. There were also 3,400 more cases of the virus reported Wednesday. Bell County added 36 new cases and have 265 active. Their death toll is 77. McLennan County reported 40 new cases and have 520 active. Their death count is 92. Brazos County had 53 new cases and have 988 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 58. Williamson County has 135 active cases and 137 deaths. Falls County is at 38 active cases, Robertson County 35 active, Burleson County 37 active, and Lee County just 18 active. 

FROM 9-16:

There were another 132 deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday in Texas, upping the statewide death toll to 13,343. The Texas case count is now nearly 669,000, though only about 68,000 cases are active. Bell County added 105 new cases and have 280 active. Their death toll is holding at 76. McLennan County picked up 43 new cases and have 488 active. Their death toll is at 91. Brazos County reported 64 new cases and have about 1,000 active. Their death toll is 58. Williamson County has 112 active cases and 134 deaths. Burleson County has 33 active cases and 6 deaths. Lee County is at 15 active cases and 14 deaths. Robertson County has 26 active cases and 4 deaths. Falls County is at 29 active cases and 3 deaths. 

FROM 9-15:

Texas reported just 21 new deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday, raising the death toll to 14,211. Another 2,500 more cases were reported as well, meaning over 663,000 Texans have been infected. In other good news, roughly 68,000 cases are considered active, reflecting a continuing downward trend. Bell County crossed the 5,000 total case mark over the weekend and has 275 active cases. Their death count is 75. McLennan County reported 54 new cases and have 485 active. Their death toll is 75. Brazos County added 43 new cases and have about 1,000 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 58. Williamson County has just 96 active cases, but 134 deaths. Falls County has 26 active cases, Robertson County 42 active, Burleson County 44 active, and Lee County 18 active. 

FROM 9-14:

The State of Texas did not update their reporting models over the weekend. As of Saturday, the state had just under 70,000 active cases of COVID-19 and 14,143 Texans had died. Brazos County reported 46 new cases of the virus and has just under 1,000 active cases. Their death count is unchanged at 58. McLennan County added 25 new cases and 1 new death. They have 476 active cases and 91 deaths. Burleson County has 39 active cases, Lee County 156 active, and Robertson County has 25 active. 

FROM 9-12:

The Milam County active case count currently sits at 18, with 463 total cases and 5 reported fatalities. The State of Texas has had a total of 683,000 cases, and a total reported death count of 14,279. The United States has had a total of 6.47 million reported cases, and 193,000 reported deaths.

FROM 9-11:

Texas added another 161 deaths to their toll on Thursday, giving the state 13,853 in total. Nearly 4,000 more cases of the virus were confirmed, putting the statewide total at nearly 650,000. That said, the active case count is still trending down and is now below 72,000. Bell County added just 13 new cases yesterday and have around 500 active cases. There are 70 deaths in the county. McLennan County reported 109 more cases, mostly involving residents younger than 30. There are 540 estimated active cases and the death toll is 89. Brazos County picked up 63 new cases and have about 1,000 active. They added a new death, taking their toll to 58. Williamson County has less than 100 active cases though their death count is 132. Burleson County has 38 active cases. Lee County has 21 active cases. Falls County has less than 30 active cases. Robertson County has 29 active cases. 

FROM 9-10:

Texas saw another 4,200 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the statewide total to nearly 646,000. The death toll increased by 139 to 13,692. The active case count continues to trend downward and is now just above 73,000. Bell County has 27 new cases and less than 500 active cases. Their death toll is 69. McLennan County reported 69 new cases and have 543 active. The virus has killed 89 in the county. Brazos County added 64 more cases and have just over 1,000 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 57. Williamson County reported just 15 new cases. Their active case count fell below 100, though they have 131 deaths due to the virus. Falls County has 30 active cases, Burleson County 34 active, and Lee County just 19 active. Robertson County has 29 active cases and is holding walk-up testing today in Hearne. 

FROM 9-9:

Another 61 Texans died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the state death toll past 13,500. There are now nearly 642,000 total infections in Texas, though the active case count plummeted to less than 75,000. Bell County reported 54 new cases since last Friday and are reporting 69 total deaths. McLennan County added 47 new cases Tuesday and added a new death to their count. They now have 89 deaths. Their active case count is just under 500. In addition, the McLennan County Tax Office announced they are now closed to the public for what they termed an abundance of caution and various reasons. The move is until further notice. The office will remain staffed and services are available by mail and online. Brazos County picked up 83 new cases Tuesday and pushed their active case load past 1,000. Their death toll is unchanged at 57. Williamson County has less than 100 active cases though their death toll is 131. Falls County has less than 30 active cases, Burleson County has 34 active cases, and Lee County is at 19 active cases. Robertson County sits at 29 active cases and continues to host testing at Grace United Methodist Church in Hearne. 

FROM 9-8:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday extended the statewide disaster declaration under the ongoing pandemic. The declaration was originally issued March 13th and provides the state several resources to help Texans fight the virus. Texas reported 20 more deaths on Monday, taking the death toll to 13,492. Just 2,000 more confirmed cases of the virus were reported, meaning over 640,000 Texans have caught COVID-19. While those numbers keep rising, the good news is that the active case count keeps shrinking and is now down below 82,000. 

Bell County added 13 more cases Monday and has roughly 500 active cases. Their death toll is 69 per state data and 64 according to local records. McLennan County picked up 40 more cases Monday and have less than 500 active cases. Their death toll is 88. Brazos County reported 88 more cases of the virus as their active count hovers just under 1,000. The death toll is unchanged at 57. Falls County has nearly 30 active cases. Robertson County has 29 active cases and is hosting walk-up testing today through Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church in Hearne. Burleson County has 35 active cases and Lee County is at 21 active cases. 

FROM 9-7:

Texas has over 658,000 total cases of COVID-19 as of the weekend, including over 13,600 deaths from the virus. McLennan County reported 19 more cases and have 522 active. Their death count is 88. Bell County is at 404 active cases and 64 deaths. Brazos County added 70 new cases and saw their active case load rise to 920. Their death toll is 57. Burleson County has 36 active cases. Lee County has just 17 active. Robertson County is at just 16 active cases. 

FROM 9-5:

Milam County is currently sitting at 26 active cases, 5 deaths, and 451 total cases. The State of Texas has had a total of 659,000 cases and 13,516 deaths. The United States has had a total of 6.22 million cases, and 188,000 deaths. 

FROM 9-4:

Texas reported another 221 deaths on Thursday due to COVID-19, taking the death toll past 13,000. Nearly 4,000 more cases of the virus were also reported. Texas now has over 625,000 cases. There are some good numbers to report, though. The active case count is still trending downward and is below 85,000. Governor Greg Abbott also indicated Thursday that the growth in cases has slowed, the number of patients in the hospital is falling, and the positivity rate is also shrinking. If those trends continue, Abbott said he may loosen some statewide restrictions. 

Bell County added 32 more cases on Thursday and have about 400 active cases. Their death toll is 65 according to the state total. McLennan County reported 80 more cases of the virus and have nearly 2,000 active cases. Their death toll is 83 per state records. Brazos County is still seeing an increase in their active case count now that college students are back at campus. There were 103 new cases and the active case count rose to 724. There were no new deaths. Williamson County picked up 22 new cases and have just 118 active. Their death toll is 126. Burleson County has 40 active cases. Lee County has 19 active cases. Falls County has 31 active cases. Robertson County has 29 active cases. There will be testing in Robertson County September 8-10 from 8AM-4PM each day at Grace United Methodist Church in Hearne. You do not need to have symptoms, but will have to provide an ID and contact information. 

FROM 9-3:

Another 189 Texans died from COVID-19 Wednesday, upping the death count to 12,870 in total. Officials also confirmed another 4,100 cases of the virus, bringing the total to 621,000. However, the active case count continues to shrink here and is now below 87,000. Bell County reported 46 new cases and show 63 total deaths. Their active case count is around 500. McLennan County saw 95 more cases reported and added 1 new death. Their death toll is now 88 and their active case count is just shy of 2,000. Brazos County had a spike of 100 new cases, pushing their active case count past 600. There were also 2 new deaths, giving them 56 total. Williamson County has 137 active cases and 125 deaths. Falls County has 31 active cases. Robertson County is at 34 active cases. Burleson County has 42 active cases. Lee County is at 21 active cases. 

FROM 9-2:

Another 145 Texans died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 12,681. The State also confirmed another 4,100 cases to bring the running total past 617,000. For the 2nd straight day, there was a major dip in active cases, which fell below 90,000. Bell County reported 59 total deaths and added 32 more cases of the virus. Their active case count is less than 500. McLennan County picked up 99 more cases and added 4 more deaths. Their death toll is now 87, though the state count shows 81. The county is also nearing 2,000 active cases. Brazos County had 53 more cases added to their tally and have 566 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 54. Robertson County is at 34 active cases. Burleson County has 41 active cases. Lee County has just 21 active cases. Williamson County added 20 more cases of the virus and have 128 active cases. Their death count is 123. Falls County has 30 active cases, though the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported 3 cases involving employees at their unit in Marlin where 83 patients are medically restricted. 

FROM 9-1:

Texas now has nearly 613,000 total cases of COVID-19 and the death toll has risen to 12,536. There is good news though, as the active case count fell below 100,000 to 92,900. Half a million Texans have recovered from the virus. Bell County reported over 4,700 cases in total and added 4 more deaths to their count, giving them 44 total. McLennan County added 91 cases Monday giving them over 6,300. They remain at 83 deaths. Brazos County had just 16 more cases Monday and have 527 active. There were no new deaths. Williamson County has nearly 8,000 total cases, though only 124 are active. Their death toll rose by 4 to 123. Falls County has 28 active cases. Robertson County has 34 active cases. Burleson County has 32 active cases. Lee County has 22 active cases. 

FROM 8-31:

Texas surpassed 610,000 total cases of COVID-19 over the weekend after another 3,800 cases were confirmed Sunday. Texas deaths increased by 90 to 12,500. Brazos County reported 40 new cases and saw their active case count rise above 500. Officials said 95% of all new cases fall in the 18-24 age range. No new deaths have been reported. McLennan County added 36 new cases and 1 new death. They now have 83 deaths and about 1,800 active cases. Williamson County is nearing 7,900 total cases and has 119 deaths. Burleson County has 34 active cases. Lee County has 149 active cases. Robertson County has 15 active cases. 

FROM 8-29:

Texas saw nearly 200 more deaths on Friday due to COVID-19. The total case count increased by nearly 4,000 to 601,700. There are 104,600 active cases. Bell County reported a 40th death and had 20 new cases confirmed. Their total case load is 4,662, though nearly 4,000 people have recovered. McLennan County added 62 new cases and another death. Their active case count is nearly 2,000. Brazos County is seeing increases to their active case count since schools returned. They now have 455 active cases after another 63 were added Friday. Their death toll is unchanged. Williamson County has nearly 8,000 total cases and 119 deaths. Their active case count is less than 200. Falls County has less than 30 active cases. Robertson County is at 52 active, Burleson County at 33, and Lee County has under 20 active cases. 

FROM 8-28:

The State of Texas reported another 5,000 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the total above 600,000. Of those, nearly 107,000 cases are considered active. Infections are also beginning to spread in Texas schools. Cameron ISD earlier this week announced a Junior High student tested positive and College Station ISD said Thursday 15 students had tested positive. Thrall ISD had 3 staff members test positive this week. Iola ISD said they had at least 3 confirmed cases and moved to cancel their football and volleyball games for the next 2 weeks. 

Bell County reported a 39th death, at least according to local data, though the state count stands at 61. There were also 41 more cases of the virus, while the active case count is around 750. McLennan County reported 92 more cases of the virus and saw their active case count rise to nearly 1,900. They had no new deaths. Brazos County had 69 new cases of the virus as their active case count rose back above 400. They also had an additional death, giving them 54 total. Williamson County picked up 47 more cases and has roughly 250 active cases. Their death toll remains 116. Burleson County has 32 active cases, Lee County just 18 active cases, Falls County 27 active, and Robertson County 53 active. Free walkup testing continues from 8AM-4PM today at the Pridgeon Center in Franklin. 

FROM 8-27:

Texas rolled past 600,000 total cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday as the death toll surpassed 11,800. The active case count here is nearly 108,000. Bell County reported just 13 new cases on Wednesday, giving them 4,600 total. Three more deaths were also reported, increasing their total to 59 according to state records. McLennan County picked up 111 more cases, putting them at the same level as Bell County in total cases. The active case count though is at 1,800 and their death toll is 77. Brazos County has 374 active cases and reported 48 more cases Wednesday. Their death toll is unchanged at 53. Falls County is at 30 active cases, Burleson County at 38 active, Lee County at 20, and Robertson County has 53. Free walkup testing is taking place in Robertson County this week. Testing runs from 8AM-4PM through Friday at the Pridgeon Center in Franklin. There is no registration or requirements.

FROM 8-26:

Texas added another 181 deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, upping the death toll to 11,576. There were also over 6,000 new cases confirmed bringing the case count to 586,730. Only 108,000 cases are considered active. Bell County reported 43 more cases and 1 new death. The virus claimed a 35th life according to local records, though the state data shows 58 deaths. Bell County has over 4,500 total cases, though less than 800 are active. McLennan County reported 1 new death and 111 more cases. The County now has 81 deaths and over 5,900 total cases. The active case count continues to hover around 1,700. Brazos County picked up 43 more cases, but had no new deaths. Their active case count is 341. Williamson County has 113 deaths and just 372 active cases. Falls County is at 34 active cases, Burleson County has 40 active cases, and Lee County is down to 20 active. Robertson County has 53 active cases and will have testing soon. Free walkup testing is taking place in Robertson County this week. Testing runs from 8AM-4PM through August 28th at the Pridgeon Center in Franklin. There is no registration or requirements.

FROM 8-25:

Texas surged past 580,000 total cases of COVID-19 on Monday after another 2,700 cases were reported since Sunday. The death toll rose to nearly 11,400. Bell County reported just over 4,500 total cases and 1 new death. Their death toll increased to 34 per local authorities and 55 based on state calculations. McLennan County reported 36 new cases and has 1,700 active. They also added an 80th death to their tally. Brazos County picked up 39 more cases and have 321 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 53. Williamson County is nearing 7,800 total cases, though 7,200 are recovered. Their death toll is 113. Falls County has 33 active cases. Robertson County is down to 53 active cases. Lee County is at 22 active cases. Free walkup testing is taking place in Robertson County this week. Testing runs from 8AM-4PM through August 28th at the Pridgeon Center in Franklin. There is no registration or requirements.

FROM 8-24:

President Donald Trump on Sunday authorized what he called a breakthrough treatment for COVID-19. As part of an emergency authorization, Trump moved to allow convalescent plasma as a treatment after health officials called its results promising. Other health experts though warned the treatment needs more study. The treatment uses blood plasma from patients who have recovered from the virus and is rich in antibodies to provide benefits for those fighting the virus. Meanwhile, Texas is nearing 600,000 total cases after another 5,700 cases were reported Sunday. The Texas death toll is 11,650. America has some 5.6 million cases and 176,000 deaths. 

FROM 8-22:

Milam County sits still at 400 total cases, 30 active cases, and 4 deaths. The state of Texas has 593,000 cases, and 11,483 deaths. The United States has 5.64 million cases, and 175,000 deaths.


FROM 8-21:

The Texas positivity rate in Texas jumped 4% as the Texas Education Agency laid down rules for reporting COVID-19 in school districts. Texas reported nearly 5,000 more cases of the virus on Thursday, increasing the statewide total to 562,000. The active case count shrank to 119,800 though the positivity rate jumped from 10.8% to 14.1%. Another 234 Texans died from the virus Thursday, upping the death toll to 10,793. Meanwhile, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath laid down vague guidelines for schools to release information on the virus in schools. Districts will be required to report confirmed cases within 24 hours, though the TEA offered no details on the process to do that. The TEA and Department of State Health Services will track and report cases springing up in schools across the state, but Morath gave little information to superintendents about what exactly they will be required to report. 

Bell County reported 49 more cases of the virus Thursday, taking their total to nearly 4,400. Their active case count is around 1,000 and their death count is 51. McLennan County picked up 3 more deaths, increasing their total to 78. They also reported 48 new cases, giving them nearly 5,600. Their active case count is just under 1,800. Brazos County added 26 new positive cases and are hovering around 250 active cases. There were 2 new deaths Thursday, giving them a total of 53 deaths. Williamson County upped their death toll to 112 on Thursday as their total case count is nearly 7,700. Burleson County has 39 active cases. Lee County has 28 active cases. Falls County has less than 50 active cases. Robertson County is at 72 active cases and will soon have walk-up testing available. Testing will be August 24-28 from 8AM-4PM each day at the Pridgeon Center in Franklin. 

FROM 8-20:

Over 300 Texans died Wednesday from COVID-19, taking the statewide total past 10,500. The state also reported nearly 6,500 new cases of the virus, increasing the statewide total to 557,000. The active case count is down to 122,000 and the positivity rate dropped to 10.8%. Bell County reported 29 more cases of the virus, giving them about 1,000 active cases. Their death count is 51 according to the state. McLennan County has 75 deaths and reported 112 new cases of the virus. Their active case count is nearly 1,800. Brazos County added 19 more cases and have 252 active. Their death toll is unchanged. Williamson County is past 7,600 cases and now has 110 deaths. Falls County is at 45 active cases. Burleson County and Lee County each have 32 active cases. Robertson County sits at 72 active cases and will soon have walk-up testing available. Testing will be August 24-28 from 8AM-4PM each day at the Pridgeon Center in Franklin. 

FROM 8-19:

Texas reported another 7,200 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, upping the statewide total past 550,000. The active case count fell slightly to 124,000. The virus claimed another 216 lives here in Texas, increasing the death toll to 10,250. The statewide positivity rate is unchanged at 11.18%. Bell County reported 6 more deaths on Tuesday, increasing their total to 32. There were also 54 more positive cases, taking their total case load past 4,300. They have just under 1,000 total cases. McLennan County added a 75th death to their tally on Tuesday and reported 63 more cases. Their case count is nearing 5,500 while their active case count is around 1,700. Brazos County picked up 14 more cases of the virus and have 253 active cases. Their death toll is unchanged at 51. Williamson County is now beyond 7,500 total cases and has 105 deaths. Falls County has 45 active cases. Robertson County is at 72 active cases. Burleson County has 32 active cases. Lee County sits at 32 active cases. 

FROM 8-18:

The State of Texas reached another grim milestone on Monday, surpassing 10,000 deaths statewide. Texas also became the 4th state to surpass that threshold. Another 2,700 cases of the virus were reported Monday, bringing the statewide total to nearly 543,000, though only 127,000 are active cases. Bell County has 88 more cases since Friday, bringing them to 4,200 total. Their active case count fell below 900 to 883. The death toll is 49. McLennan County reported a 73rd death from the virus on Monday and added 16 new cases. Their grand total is 5,300 and their active case load is 1,600. Brazos County had just 7 new cases of the virus and their death toll is unchanged at 51. Their active case count continues to shrink and sits at 256. Williamson County is nearing 7,500 total cases and has 89 deaths. Their active case load is nearly 750. Falls County has 44 active cases and 3 deaths. Robertson County is at 97 active cases and 2 deaths. Burleson County dropped to 30 active cases and 6 deaths. Lee County has 32 active cases and 12 deaths. 

FROM 8-17:

It was a fairly quiet weekend on the COVID-19 front as only 2 health districts released reports. The Brazos County Health District added 12 new cases as they have 263 active cases. Their death toll is at 51. McLennan County picked up 34 new cases and have around 1,700 active. Their death toll is 72. 

FROM 8-15:

Milam County has 29 active cases, 374 total cases, and 3 deaths. Texas has 545k confirmed cases and about 10,000 deaths. The United States has 5.32 million confirmed cases and about 168,000 deaths.

From 8-14:

The Texas Governor expressed sympathy for bars and their employees on Thursday, but stopped short of allowing them to re-open without major reductions in hospitalizations and the positivity rate. During his press conference Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott





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