Coronavirus

The Bell County Health District announced 103 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the local total to 1,520.

These new cases — with 64 recorded for Monday alone — were reported on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard, which was last updated on Friday.

“Today we reached a total of 1,520 cases with those under the age of 60 driving the uptick in cases,” Amanda Robinson-Chadwell, director of the Bell County Public Health District, said. “Approximately 50 percent of cases are in those 39 years and younger.”

At least 26,563 cumulative tests have been conducted, and no new deaths were reported, according to the health district.

The positivity rate shot up from 5.38 percent Friday to 5.72 percent Monday, as these new cases became identified. The positivity rate was at 5.22 percent on Thursday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services Monday reported data that coronavirus cases have now eclipsed 200,000 in the state. There have been an estimated 103,782 recoveries and 2,655 deaths in Texas, according to their COVID-19 dashboard.

Killeen continued to account for the most Bell cases to date with 563, and increased their lead on Temple, which has documented 512 cases. Belton hit the 200-case mark Monday, while Harker Heights reached 101 confirmed cases.

Bell County infections, which includes small towns and unincorporated areas, are at 144 known cases.

Women account for 55 percent of known cases in Bell County.

Bell County Judge David Blackburn said he is relying on local law enforcement agencies to forward any face-covering violations at businesses to their respective agencies.

“What I have continued to ask our local law enforcement agencies to do is to forward any complaints about violations to the appropriate state law enforcement agency or licensing agency,” Blackburn said.