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Bell County registered a single-day case increase of 123 COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, as the Bell County Public Health District identified four related deaths.

“The new deaths are for a woman in her 90s from Temple, a woman in her 70s from Belton, a man in his 70s from Temple and a man in his 30s from Temple,” Health District Director Amanda Robison-Chadwell said.

The death toll has reached 185 for Bell County

Robison-Chadwell noted that it may take some time for the newly reported fatalities to appear on the health district’s dashboard.

“The dashboard is currently in refresh and will be fully updated here shortly,” she said.

Bell County has now tallied 16,038 cases and at least 12,985 people have reportedly recovered to date, according to the health district. Active cases dropped to 3,053 — five fewer than Tuesday.

Area school districts

The Belton Independent School District has 65 active cases of COVID-19 spanning 16 campuses: nine at Belton High, eight at South Belton Middle School, eight at Lake Belton Middle School, six at North Belton Middle School, six at Lake Belton High, five at Belton Middle School, five at Lakewood Elementary, three at Chisholm Trail Elementary, three at Sparta Elementary, two at Charter Oak Elementary, two at Miller Heights Elementary, two at Pirtle Elementary, two at Southwest Elementary, two at Tarver Elementary, one at High Point Elementary and one at the Belton Early Childhood School.

Belton ISD has an additional six cases attributed to “other departments / buildings,” according to district data. These 71 cases represent about 0.49 percent of Belton ISD’s population.

The Killeen Independent School District has reported 71 lab-confirmed cases in the last seven days. These cases, which stem from 38 students and 33 staff, brought the district’s cumulative total to 1,107 since March 16.

Temple Independent School District’s seven-day dashboard, which is currently logging cases reported between Jan. 6 and Jan. 12, shows eight infections: three at Temple High, one at Bonham Middle School, one at Kennedy-Powell Elementary, and two at Raye-Allen Elementary.

There are 26 active cases — six employees and in the Salado Independent School District after two infections were announced on Wednesday.

“A second-grade student at Thomas Arnold Elementary School and a seventh-grade student at Salado Middle School tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday on Tuesday,” Superintendent Michael Novotny said in his daily news release.

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