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UPDATE: June 15, 2020

Editor's note: County officials said one coronavirus case, not two, was confirmed at Indian Oaks Living Center in Harker Heights. This story was updated to reflect the correction.

One case of the coronavirus was confirmed at Indian Oaks Living Center in Harker Heights, county officials said. 

Bell County Judge David Blackburn and the county's health district director Amanda Robison-Chadwell held a coronavirus press conference at 1:30 p.m. Friday. 

Robison-Chadwell said she would check on whether others had been tested and any results were pending.

Robison-Chadwell addressed the rising case numbers within the county saying that the county reopening and possibly less people wearing masks and social distancing have led to the county's increase in cases. She stressed for residents to continue to wear their masks and socially distance. 

Robison-Chadwell was also asked about businesses that have an employee test positive and she responded by saying, "We make recommendations to businesses that are often the strictest recommendations we can make but we cannot force them to close."

Blackburn said the Bell County Jail has four inmates that have tested positive for the virus and all of them were staying in the same sub pod. 

Those four are the only inmates that have been tested for the virus but all inmates are screened to include a temperature and symptom check prior to entering the jail, according to Blackburn. 

All three local hospitals, Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights, Baylor Scott & White in Temple and AdventHealth Central Texas in Killeen are all reporting more than adequate capacity, according to Blackburn. 

He said there are a total of 16 coronavirus patients in all three hospitals and five of them are in intensive care. 

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(2) comments

Bluestorm68

*no virus

Bluestorm68

More likely, they finally gave a dose to this nursing home too, because we all know this is not a virus and this is done on purpose for population control. What better way to fix Social Security, Medicare, the economy, the food shortage, the job shortage, and medical system? They're picking and choosing who's dying and I'm not that dumb to think that this is not what is happening. Real funny how it's hit a lot of nursing homes, right?? Funny how it's hitting a bunch of races that they want to diminish, right?? This is no mistake and this is norovirus. It's called annihilation.

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