UPDATE: 81 new cases of COVID-19 in McLennan County, 22,587 total, one new death

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WACO, Texas – 81 new cases of COVID-19 are reported Friday.

On January 21, 2021, the Waco McLennan County Public Health District began reporting confirmed and probable cases in alignment with the Texas Department of State Health Services case reporting methods. Of the 81 new cases reported Friday, 20 are confirmed and 61 are probable. The total number of cases to date is 22,587.

There are 1,020 estimated active cases, and 21,226 estimated cases who have recovered. 127 are hospitalized. Of the 127 hospitalized, 87 cases are McLennan County residents. 21 are on ventilators.

One additional death was reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total deaths to 341. #341 was an 83-year-old woman.

Confirmed: A case that meets confirmatory laboratory evidence (detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a clinical or autopsy specimen using a molecular amplification test)

Probable: A case that meets clinical criteria AND epidemiologic linkage criteria with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for SARS-CoV-2, OR meets presumptive laboratory evidence (detection of SARS- CoV-2 by antigen test in a respiratory specimen. Visit https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/docs/DSHS-COVID19CaseDefinitionandInvestigationPrioritizationGuidance.pdf for further details.

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

As of January 20, 2021, the hospitalization rate was 22.14 percent for Trauma Service Area M, as calculated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The rate has exceeded the 15 percent threshold for seven consecutive days.

Please note: The “Percentage of COVID-19 cases admitted in hospitals for the past seven days” graph shows a two-day lag. This is in congruence with the reporting change on the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

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.

January 25-29

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST. McLennan Community College 4601 N 19th St Parking Lot N Hours: 8 am-5 pm (Drive-through Clinic) Waco Multi-Purpose Center 1020 Elm Avenue Hours: 8 am-5 pm (Walk-up Clinic)

Source: City of Waco

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