Bell County’s series of COVID-19 cases skyrocketed Thursday when health officers presented 32 residents — a third of whom had been connected to a cluster of infections at a Killeen church — had contracted the virus.
That’s the highest day-to-day enhance reported in the county, per the Bell County Public Health District. The county has at the least 528 cases.
“The 32 novel cases today will doubtless be attributed to several factors, including more gatherings going down, complacency following masking and social distancing suggestions, and more frequent sorting out in health care settings,” acknowledged Health District Director Amanda Robison-Chadwell. “Greater counts today are linked, in piece, to a cluster of 10 novel cases associated with a Future World Outreach Center in Killeen.”
Chad Rowe, the pastor of Future World Outreach Center, speedy FME Files Provider on Thursday evening the infections stemmed from an asymptomatic Citadel Hood soldier who used to be recently at the Killeen church to affirm all the intention thru a livestream of a service.
“I was worried, but moreover sad. My coronary heart goes out to the young man and any one (who has the virus),” Rowe acknowledged. “Here’s a extraordinarily excessive factor that can occur and of us struggle thru. Clearly, we began to wish and reveal of us.”
Future World Outreach Center has been livestreaming its products and companies all the intention thru the pandemic. Manufacturing of the products and companies has happened contained in the church, 101 N. W.S. Young Drive in Killeen. Since the an infection, Rowe acknowledged he has been retaining on-line products and companies from his dwelling.
Rowe wired that as soon as of us are at the church, they are wearing masks, keeping up with their non-public hygiene and practising social distancing. The church hired a legitimate cleansing products and companies company to sanitize the constructing, the pastor added.
Robison-Chadwell is anxious of us are getting bored and complacent referring to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
“As famous as most of us in actuality favor this virus to race away, we in actuality create must continue to be vigilant. Early efforts to terminate the spread helped,” she acknowledged. “If we return to that identical diploma of vigor with handwashing, masking, and social distancing, we are in a position to doubtless be conscious the numbers diploma out again, though I create no longer quiz the numbers to tumble as tiny as they had been in April or early Would possibly maybe presumably well moreover merely.”
The health district moreover reported two extra cases to its Tuesday tally, which is now 21; it used to be 19. That 21 settle is now the second highest day-to-day enhance reported in the county.
The Bell County Public Health District did no longer dispute any novel deaths Thursday. Six residents like died from the coronavirus.
The health district reported eight novel recoveries, rising that total to 245.
An extra 311 assessments had been performed since Wednesday, per the health district. At the least 20,491 assessments like been performed in the county.
CORYELL, LAMPASAS COUNTIES
Coryell County did no longer receive novel numbers from the dispute with the tally that didn’t consist of dispute prisoners, acknowledged Robert Harrell, emergency management coordinator. Coryell County reported 82 confirmed cases on Wednesday.
The dispute figures on Thursday showed 296 for Coryell County. That involves prisoners at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice prisons in Gatesville.
Lampasas County remained at 10, officers acknowledged.
Herald reporter Hunter King contributed to this dispute.