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After rise in cases, Bell County Public Health concerned 'people are bored and complacent about COVID-19'

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 19:03:21-04

BELL COUNTY, TX — In one day, Bell County saw a rise in 32 COVID-19 cases. In a statement, they said that they are worried people are complacent about COVID-19.

They also said the rise in cases are linked to a cluster of cases at Destiny World Outreach Center in Killeen and more frequent testing.

Read the full statement from Amanda Robison-Chadwell, Director of the Bell County Health District:

The 32 new cases today can be attributed to several factors including, more gatherings occurring, complacency following masking and social distancing recommendations, and more frequent testing in healthcare settings. Higher counts today are linked, in part, to a cluster of 10 new cases associated with a Destiny World Outreach Center in Killeen.

I’m concerned people are bored and complacent about COVID-19. As much as most of us really want this virus to go away, we really do need to continue to be vigilant. Early efforts to stop the spread helped. If we go back to that same level of vigor with handwashing, masking, and social distancing, we will likely see the numbers level out again, though I do not expect the numbers to drop as low as they were in April or early May.

Trends – Bell County statistics show more cases for those under 60, which seems to indicate that those in higher risk age groups are still being cautious. It is so important to continue to be vigilant in following CDC recommendations. Those under the age of 60 with conditions that put them at higher risk should also be vigilant, and the relatively low hospitalization rate so far seem to indicate that has occurred.