A record explosion in COVID-19 cases continued in McLennan County on Friday, accompanied by an increase in hospital visits that caused a hospital in Waco to limit non-emergency procedures.
The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District dashboard reported an eyebrow-raising 1,674 new cases, but district director LaShonda Malrey-Horne said the count included a week of positive cases reported by Baylor University. The Baylor COVID dashboard has reported 756 cases in the past seven days.
Adjusted for that anomaly, the number of cases Friday for McLennan County was 918, just below the record number of 947 on Thursday. Meanwhile, the number of active cases in the province rose accordingly, with an estimated 5,704 active cases in the province.
Three deaths were also reported, bringing the number of deaths this month to 18 and the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the past 20 months to 760. Waco hospitals had 144 COVID-19 patients occupied with 54 ICU beds and 20 COVID patients on ventilators.
The seven-day hospitalization average reached 126 on Friday, more than double from two weeks ago.
Pressure on health professionals and the rise in COVID-19 cases has led Ascension Providence Medical Center to begin suspending elective surgeries and procedures that require hospitalization, effective Monday. The suspension does not include outpatient procedures, urgent or urgent cases.