Coronavirus

Bell County officials said Wednesday three more residents were confirmed to have COVID-19 — bringing the local tally to 74.

The Bell County Public Health District identified the newest cases as a Temple man in his 30s, a Temple woman in her 50s and a Killeen man in his 40s.

Two people have died — a Temple woman in her 80s and a man whose age and residence has not been disclosed — and 15 people have recovered, according to the health district.

Killeen Police Chief Charles Kimble confirmed Wednesday that the officer who tested positive for COVID-19 is a Bell County resident who lives in Killeen. The Killeen Police officer is a 13-year veteran detective of the department.

The Killeen Police Department was notified about the officer testing positive for the virus Monday. The health district reported 10 new cases on Monday.

Kimble did not disclose the officer’s gender or age.

“To respect the privacy of the officer and the officer’s family, I will not be providing any additional descriptors at this time,” Kimble said.

The Killeen Police Department ordered 15 officers who may have been in contact with the detective to be under quarantine.

Local cases detailed

With Wednesday’s new cases, Killeen now has 27 cases and Temple has 26 known infections.

Cases in Temple, the county’s second largest city, include a male younger than 20; two women and a man in their 20s; two women and two men in their 30s; two women in their 40s; four women and two men in their 50s; five men and a woman in their 60s; two women in their 70s; and a woman and man in their 80s.

In Killeen, the county’s largest city, known infections include a male younger than 20; two women in their 20s; a man and four women in their 30s; six men and three women in their 40s; two women and a man in their 50s; three men and a woman in their 60s; and two men and a woman in their 70s.

Belton, the county seat, has eight known cases. They are a female younger than 20; a man in his 20s; two men in their 30s; a woman in her 50s; and two men and a woman in their 60s.

Harker Heights now has seven cases, including a man in his 20s; two women and a man in their 40s; two men in their 50s; and a man in his 70s.

Six infected individuals are listed as Bell County cases, which includes unincorporated areas and small towns. They include two men in their 30s; two men in their 50s; a man in his 70s; and a man in his 80s.

Men continue to be the majority of COVID-19 infections in Bell County. They make up 56.8 percent of local cases while women account for 43.2 percent.

Bell County’s cases are evenly divided between residents younger than 50 and older than 50.

State, area cases

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported mid-Wednesday 9,353 Texans have tested positive for the coronavirus and 177 people have died.

So far, 96,258 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the Lone Star State.

The Temple-based Central Texas Veterans Health Care System — which has medical centers in Temple and Waco and a clinic in Austin — has eight outpatient COVID-19 cases, according to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs data.

In Williamson County, officials said Wednesday they have 97 known cases, with four deaths and 40 recoveries. Jarrell Mayor Larry Bush said his city was informed that it had its first COVID-19 case.

“Information is limited in what can be released, but I will keep the public as informed as possible,” Bush said in a Facebook post. “I cannot stress the importance of the Stay Home, Stay Safe Orders issued by the Williamson County Judge.”

McLennan County cases stood at 62 on Wednesday after reporting no new infections, according to local officials.

Coryell County officials said they indentified one new coronavirus case on Wednesday, bringing their local numbers to 13.

Milam County has at least seven reported COVID-19 cases, according to state data.

Burnet County has five known infections, Lampasas County has at least two confirmed cases and Falls County has one, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.