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A record-breaking explosion of COVID-19 cases continued Friday in McLennan County, accompanied by a rise in hospital visits that caused one Waco hospital to restrict non-emergency procedures.

Adjusted for that anomaly, the Friday count for McLennan County was 918 cases, just shy of Thursday’s record-setting daily count of 947. Meanwhile, the number of active cases in the county jumped accordingly, with an estimated 5,704 active cases in the county.

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  • Rod Aydelotte, Tribune-Herald, file

  • The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District’s dashboard reported an eyebrow-raising 1,674 new cases, but district director LaShonda Malrey-Horne said that tally included a week’s worth of positive cases reported by Baylor University. The Baylor COVID dashboard has reported 756 cases over the last seven days.

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Three deaths also were reported, bringing the number of deaths this month to 18 and the total number of COVID-19 deaths over the last 20 months to 760. Waco hospitals had 144 COVID-19 patients with 54 ICU beds occupied and 20 COVID patients on ventilators.

The seven-day hospitalization average reached 126 on Friday, more than double what it was two weeks ago. The strain on healthcare workers and the increase in COVID-19 cases led Ascension Providence Medical Center to begin, effective Monday, suspending elective surgeries and procedures that require an inpatient stay. The suspension doesn’t include outpatient procedures, urgent or emergent cases.