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McLennan County reports 5th coronavirus death, 23 new cases

The victim was a 46-year-old Hispanic man who died in a local hospital June 18.

WACO, Texas — The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District reported another coronavirus death Thursday. It was the fifth death recorded in McLennan County.

Officials report the victim was a 46-year-old Hispanic man who died at a local hospital the morning of June 18. Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver previously indicated the number of virus cases among the Hispanic community were on the rise. 

"The Public Health District continues to take every action to protect and to inform the residents of McLennan County and we encourage residents to bear in mind the potential cost of the virus' spread," the health district said in a release. "This is a tragic development, but not an unforeseen one." 

The health district also reported an additional 23 cases bringing the total to 245.

400 people were being monitored, which includes positive cases and their close contacts. The number of recovered patients was 135. The number of active cases was 105. Six people were hospitalized with three of those in critical condition.

Bell County also now has nearly 700 confirmed cases. No additional deaths occurred Thursday, but hospitalizations increased.

Belton City officials ask that individuals take preventative measures seriously. Practice social distancing, wear a mask when social distancing is not possible and regularly wash your hands. If people incorporate these safeguards into their lifestyle, it will make a significant impact on the number of COVID-19 cases in Bell County, according to Belton City officials

Bell County numbers:

Confirm cases: 699

Ever hospitalized: 84

Recovered: 292

Deaths: 9

Cumulative tests: 22,641

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