UPDATE: 248 new cases of COVID-19 in McLennan County, 16,818 total, two new deaths

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WACO, Texas – 248 new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed as of Wednesday. 46 cases were reported from community testing. The total number of cases to date is 16,818.

There are 1,038 estimated active cases, and 15,539 estimated cases who have recovered. 119 cases are hospitalized. Of the 119 hospitalized, 82 cases are McLennan County residents. 16 are on ventilators. 

Two additional deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total deaths to 241. #240 was a 96-year-old man. #241 was a 61-year-old man.

As of December 15, 2020, the hospitalization rate is 19.87 percent for Trauma Service Area M, as calculated by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The rate has exceeded the 15 percent threshold for seven consecutive days.

Executive Order GA-32 calls for the following, based on a seven-day period:

  • If the hospitalization rate in a Trauma Service Areas (TSA) with a COVID‑19 hospitalizations rate is under 15 percent for seven consecutive days, restaurants and other venues can operate at 75 percent capacity and elective surgeries are allowed.
  • If the hospitalization rate in a Trauma Service Areas (TSA) with a COVID‑19 hospitalizations rate is over 15 percent for seven consecutive days, venue capacities are lowered to 50 percent and elective surgeries are postponed until further notice.

COVID-19 Website:

For additional information – including age, race, ethnicity, gender and more – you can visit www.covidwaco.com.

Drive-through sites use a cheek-swab test.

Walk-up testing sites use the saliva-based test.

Thursday, December 17

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Antioch Community Church
505 N 20th St
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Cheek Swab test

Heritage Square
311 Austin Ave
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Walk-up Clinic
Saliva test

Friday, December 18

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Antioch Community Church505 N 20th St
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Cheek Swab test

Heritage Square
311 Austin Ave
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Walk-up Clinic
Saliva test

Source: City of Waco

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