Waco, TX – According to the report, these numbers are increasing the statewide toll to 31,450. The highest number of new deaths reported on a single day is 278 on July 23, 2020.
Another 526 confirmed cases of the virus were reported Friday in Central Texas, boosting the regional total to 55,495.
Of the total, 372,557 cases were active Friday and 1,649,735 patients have recovered.
At least 13,953 patients were in Texas hospitals Friday, about 100 fewer than the 14,052 hospitalized Thursday.
The virus may have claimed as many as 921 lives in Central Texas and at least 919 have died including 196 Bell County residents, eight more than the local count of 188; 20 Bosque County residents; 39 Coryell County residents, 17 more than the local count of 22; 22 Falls County residents; 28 Freestone County residents; 20 Hamilton County residents; 43 Hill County residents; 17 Lampasas County residents; 28 Leon County residents; 32 Limestone County residents; 335 McLennan County residents, 14 more than the local count of 318; 18 Milam County residents, four more that the local count of 14; 14 Mills County residents; 69 Navarro County residents, two fewer than the local count of 71; 23 Robertson County residents, and 15 San Saba County residents.
About 15.4 million molecular tests have been administered statewide.
The Lab Test Date positivity rate Friday was 17.43%, down slightly from 17.73%, on Thursday.
Experts say a positivity rate of 5% or less indicates the virus is under control.