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Bell County sees largest two day increase of COVID-19 cases, reports sixth death

The Bell County Public Health District reported 38 new cases of coronavirus since June 7.
Credit: Bell County Health Dist.
COVID-19 cases in Bell County since May 1.

TEMPLE, Texas — The Bell County Public Health District reported 90 new cases of COVID-19 since June 3 with 38 of them coming in the past two days.

The two day increase is the largest since the county started reporting cases on March 11.

The health district also reported the sixth death.

The city of Temple alone had 180 reported cases which surpasses the county's largest city, Killeen, at 163.

As of June 9, Bell County was reporting a total of 476 cases with 237 of those patients recovered.

19,887 tests have been conducted which puts the positivity rate, which is the number of positive cases divided by the numbers of tests given, at roughly 2.4%.

It's a similar story in the state of Texas where numbers have been steadily increasing since the state reopened on May 1.

As of June 8, there were 75,616 cases reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services. That's an increase of 46,387 since May 1.

The positivity rate is also increasing. It was 6.66% on June 8. It was 5.88% on May 1.

Bell County Public Health District Director Amanda Chadwell told 6 News there were several factors leading up to the increase via email Tuesday. 

Chadwell said there has been an increase in cases simply due to the re-openings and gatherings in the county. As people return to hospital facilities for elective procedures they are automatically getting tested, Chadwell said hospital staff are finding people with no symptoms are testing positive for the virus. And yet another reason, Chadwell said there are concerns that citizens under 50 have been to complacent about safety. Testing data shows most people testing positive for COVID-19 are between the ages of 20 and 59 while older individuals make up a smaller portion of cases. 

One other factor to consider is the increase in cases since the protests, sparked by the death of George Floyd, began in Texas.

61,006 cases had been reported in Texas as of May 29 when the first protests were held. As of Monday, that number had increased by 14,610. Over the course of the ten days before May 29 the number of new cases reported was 9,864.

Credit: Texas Dept. State Health Services
Positive COVID-19 cases in Texas since May 1.
Credit: Texas Dept. State Health Services
Positivity rate in Texas for COVID-19 since May 1.

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