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UPDATE:

The health district just confirmed that the person who died in Bell County was a Temple woman in her 80s.

UPDATE:

Bell County reported its first COVID-19-related death on Thursday as the number of infections increased by one to 20.

The person who died was a woman, according to the Bell County Public Health District. No additional details were released.

The newest infection was a Killeen woman in her 50s.

Local health officials have confirmed there is community spread in Bell County. However, they are not detailing how Bell County residents have contracted the virus.

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UPDATE:

One person died and one more case was added among those confirmed with coronavirus in Bell County. The total of confirmed cases is 20, according to the Bell County Public Health District website.

Bell County reported its first COVID-19-related death on Thursday as the number of infections increased by one to 20.

The person who died was a woman, according to the Bell County Public Health District. No additional details were released.

The newest infection was a Killeen woman in her 50s.

Local health officials have confirmed there is community spread in Bell County. However, they are not detailing how Bell County residents have contracted the virus.

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Only a single additional COVID-19 case was identified Wednesday in Bell County, according to new figures.

There are now at least 19 coronavirus cases in Bell County, according to the Bell County Health District. The newest infection was a Temple woman in her 40s.

There are at least 13 known cases in Temple, making it the Bell County city most affected by COVID-19. They include two women in their 20s; two women in their 30s; one woman in her 40s; two women and a man in their 50s; three men and one woman in their 60s; and a woman in her 80s.

Killeen has at least two cases: two women in their 40s. Belton has a single infection, a man in his 20s.

Unincorporated and rural Bell County has at least two known instances of the coronavirus: a man in his 70s and a man in his 30s.

Bird Creek Burger Co. in downtown Temple and its sister restaurant, Treno Pizzeria, closed Wednesday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, owner Jacob Bates said in a statement.

“The employee in question had only worked for three hours on Monday, March 23, and had not worked at (Bird Creek Burger Co.) for nine days prior to Monday,” Bates said, stressing all employees have been following guidelines issued by the health district. “We have ascertained that the employee in question had very limited potential contact with customers.”

Tanglefoot Restaurants, the company that operates both eateries, provided all available customer information to the Bell County Public health District.

Bates made the decision to halt operations at the burger restaurant, 6 S. Main St., and pizza pop-up truck.

“Although the Bell County Health (District’s) protocol does not require the closure of (Bird Creek Burger Co.) and Treno, with COVID-19 being community spread in Bell County, we believe it is in everyone’s best interest to close our operations until April 1, at a minimum,” Bates said. “This will allow our team an opportunity to practice safe isolation procedures and ensure that our community is only served the highest quality food with an emphasis on health and safety.”

Bell County started operating its COVID-19 phone bank Wednesday. Paul Romer, the city of Belton spokesman and coronavirus public information coordinator for the county, said its goal is to help residents with their questions about the virus.

The hotline will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 254-939-5203 to access it. Calls received after hours and on weekends will be forwarded to 211.

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