More than 500 new COVID-19 cases, 5 additional deaths reported in McLennan County

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District on Wednesday reported 512 new COVID-19 cases and five additional deaths as a result of the virus, bringing the county’s death toll during the pandemic to 568.

Statewide, the State of Texas reported 25,184 new cases of the virus and 286 additional deaths, raising the state’s death toll during the entire pandemic to 57, 524.

McLennan County currently has 1,979 active coronavirus cases and 182 patients hospitalized as a result of the virus. The health district’s website states 42 of those hospitalized are on ventilators.

There are currently 13,520 COVID-19 inpatients at Texas hospitals, including 3,733 patients in ICU beds. Of those hospitalized in Texas, 294 are pediatric patients. The state dashboard also states 2,893 COVID-19 patients are on ventilators across the state.

When it comes to active cases of the virus in Central Texas, Mills County reported 45, San Saba County reported 29, Lampasas County reported 437, Coryell County reported 850, Bell County reported 3,062, Falls County reported 130, Milam County reported 269, Robertson County reported 197, and Limestone County reported 227.

COVID-19 test sights were bustling across the region amid the record-setting coronavirus numbers.

The 10-minute COVID test drive-through outside the Richland Mall in Waco had a line of cars through the parking lot Wednesday waiting to see if they have the virus or not.

In Temple, a new mobile site at Wilson Park was also busy throughout the day.

The city says they’ve been limited to 200 tests per day, after the state only supplied 800 for the short holiday week. Testing at the Wilson Park mobile site is free, and those coming through had many different reasons for needing a test.

“There have been tests because people think they have it but people are also getting tests because they need to show they don’t have it,” Jennifer Henagar, Temple’s Fire & Emergency Management Specialist, said.

The site is open Monday through Friday from 10 to six, or until they use all 200 tests for the day.

Written by KWTX Staff

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