Coronavirus

The Bell County Public Health District identified four new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, as active cases reached 3,058 — three more than Monday.

“We recently added deaths for a new total of 181,” Health District Director Amanda Robison-Chadwell said. “The new deaths were for a woman in her 40s from Killeen, a woman in her 90s from Temple, a woman in her 70s from Temple and a man in his 80s from Temple. Our condolences go out to their families.”

Bell County has now totaled 15,768 cases since March, and 12,710 people have reportedly recovered to date, according to the health district.

Robison-Chadwell also noted how provisional data was updated, which extended Monday’s record-breaking case increase by 38.

“We added 218 cases today and our updated total for yesterday is 415,” she said.

In the latest figures on the health district’s website, Temple had more than 5,000 cases; Belton more than 2,000; and Harker Heights had passed 1,000 cases.

Central Texas VA to hold vaccine clinic

The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System will administer Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to enrolled veterans aged 75 years and older Saturday at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center, 1901 Veterans Memorial Drive in Temple.

“Veterans are asked to call 1-800-423-2111 and press 2 to schedule an appointment,” the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System said in a news release. “Due to current high-call volumes, callers may experience delays. However, you must remain on the line to be scheduled.”

Veterans are required to bring proper identification — that verifies their Veterans Affairs enrollment — to receive their initial dose and to schedule their second inoculation, according to the health care system.

Bell County health workers have repeatedly stressed how both doses are essential for “maximum efficiency.”

Although vaccinations are scheduled to be administered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center, a spokesman told the Telegram that the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System has a limited supply of doses.

“Walk-ins will be accepted until 2 p.m. and vaccinated based on vaccine availability,” the health care system said. “Long wait times are expected.”

Area school districts

There are 63 active COVID-19 cases in the Belton Independent School District: 13 at Belton High, seven at Lake Belton High, six at Lake Belton Middle School, five at North Belton Middle School, five at South Belton Middle School, four at Belton Middle School, three at Lakewood Elementary, three at Sparta Elementary, three at Tarver Elementary, two at Charter Oak Elementary, two at Chisholm Trail Elementary, two at Miller Heights Elementary, two at Southwest Elementary, one at the Belton Early Childhood School, one at High Point Elementary, one at Pirtle Elementary and three attributed to “other departments / buildings.”

These cases represent about 0.43 percent of Belton ISD’s population, according to district data.

There are 24 active cases in the Salado ISD after an employee infection was identified on Monday.

“An employee at Thomas Arnold Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday,” Salado ISD Superintendent Michael Novotny said in his daily newsletter.

The Killeen ISD reached 1,079 cumulative cases since March 16 on Tuesday: 483 students and 596 staff. About 5.38 percent of these cases were reported in the last seven days, according to district data.

Temple ISD’s seven-day report — logging infections identified between Jan. 6 and Jan. 12, showed eight cases: three at Temple High, one at Bonham Middle School, one at Kennedy-Powell Elementary, and two at Raye-Allen Elementary.

BELL COUNTY CASES

Total cases: 15,768; 12,710 recovered; 3,058 active, 23 less than Friday; 181 dead*, 116 with comorbidities (64.09 percent)

In Trauma Service Area L (Bell, Milam, Coryell, Lampasas, Hamilton and Mills counties) there are currently 257 people hospitalized, 29 more than Friday. Seven ICU beds were listed as available.

Temple: 4,810 cases (80 more than Thursday), 71 deaths

Killeen: 5,649 cases (76 more than Thursday), 52 deaths

Belton (76513 ZIP code): 1,980 cases (42 more than Thursday), 23 deaths

Harker Heights: 990 cases (8 more than Thursday), 18 deaths

Other: 1,576 cases (14 more than Thursday), 17 deaths

*Death totals include numbers from state death certificates, which were added to state totals starting July 27. Fort Hood on-post numbers are reported directly to the state and are added to total cases. Other numbers reported from the Bell County Health District based on 78,376 tests administered. State totals may vary as Fort Hood on-post numbers are reported directly to the state.

Go to https://tinyurl.com/y3pafeu7to access the Bell County COVID-19 dashboard.