Eight more Bell County residents tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Bell County Public Health District’s latest numbers issued Thursday.

The health district reported it is tracking 147 cases. One of the new cases reported Thursday is a Harker Heights woman in her 40s, bringing the total number of Harker Heights cases to 13.

The Texas Department of State Health Services pinned the county’s total at 153 — a number that includes coronavirus-positive Fort Hood soldiers who live on base.

The number of recoveries in Bell County stayed at 73. Three residents have died from the virus.

In addition to the Harker Heights case, five of the new infections are in Killeen. They are a man and woman in their 30s; a man and woman in their 40s; and a woman in her 60s.

The other new cases are two rural Bell County residents. Rural Bell County cases include those who live in unincorporated areas and in small cities.

Killeen still accounts for a plurality of Bell County’s cases. Its 68 infections make up more than 46 percent of local cases.row. Temple has 37 known infections — 31 fewer cases than the county’s largest city.

Belton, the county seat, has 15; rural Bell County has 14; and Harker Heights has 13.

The largest age group affected by COVID-19 is still residents in their 50s. Health district data shows 31 people in that age range have tested positive.

People in their 40s are the next largest group, with 29 cases — a two-person increase since Wednesday.

Other age groups that have tested positive include 26 in their 30s; 21 in their 60s; 18 in their 20s; 11 in their 70s; seven who are younger than 20; and three in their 80s.

Since the county recorded its first local infection in mid-March, 26 residents have been hospitalized and 23 have been admitted to an intensive care unt.

State, area numbers

Nearly 22,000 Texans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 561 residents have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Williamson County officials Thursday reported a 15-person increase in local coronavirus infections. That brings Bell County’s southern neighbor’s tally to 182.

McLennan County officials did not report any new cases Thursday. McLennan County has a total of 81 cases, according to local health district data.

Coryell County added 10 new coronavirus cases Thursday, officials said. That brings their tally to 97 — 59 of which are Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates.

Texas Department of State Health Services data showed Milam County’s infection tally increased by one to 13; Burnet County also saw an additional case for a total of 14 cases; and Falls County still has a single case.

Lampasas County’s total remains unchanged at two, officials said.

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