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McLennan County reports 2 more COVID-19 deaths, Bell County reports 64 new cases

The two McLennan County victims were elderly women, ages 71 and 76.

MCLENNAN COUNTY, Texas — Two more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in McLennan County, according to the county health district. 

The first victim was a 71-year-old Hispanic woman. The second victim was a 76-year-old African American woman. 

To date, there has been a total of 13 coronavirus-related deaths in McLennan County. 

The county health department reported 187 new cases Monday afternoon, bringing the total number of cases to 1,798. From those cases 1,477 remain active and 34 are hospitalized. 

Neighboring Bell County reported 64 new cases Monday, for a total of 1,520 virus cases to date. From those cases, 1,086 remain active as 421 people have recovered and 13 have died. No new deaths were reported in Bell County.

With an increasing number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations, Baylor Scott & White Health said they believe their "facilities have sufficient capacity to continue caring for patients with a variety of medical needs at this time."

The healthcare provider also noted that a majority of its patients are receiving care unrelated to the coronavirus. Baylor Scott & White further reiterated that their COVID-19 guidelines are in compliance with CDC and state guidelines and they have implemented measures to identify coronavirus patients before they reach the hospital.  

Baylor Athletics also provided an update on the number of student-athletes who have tested positive for the virus. The athletic department reported a total of 11 new cases since the last update a week ago, for a total of 25 cases. The department noted that the 11 active cases are from multiple sports and are not all currently in Waco. 

Meanwhile, 12 student-athletes are being monitored, including primary contacts and pending tests. 

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