Brazos County health officials reported one death and 34 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Health officials said a woman in her 30s who was hospitalized has died. This is the youngest person in Brazos County to die after testing positive for COVID-19. No other information about the woman was released, per the Brazos County Health District’s policy on privacy.
To date, 45 Brazos County residents have died after being treated for COVID-19.
The county now has 3,781 total cases. Of the total cases, 661 are considered active, which is 20 fewer than Monday’s total; 3,075 have recovered, which is 53 more than Monday’s total.
Health officials said Tuesday that 28,292 tests for COVID-19 have been administered by Brazos County health care providers, which is the same as Monday’s total. Brazos County’s total positivity rate — the percentage of positive cases to viral tests — is 13.36.
There were 24 Brazos County residents hospitalized Tuesday, which is four more than Monday’s total. One person was discharged from the hospital. Health officials said Tuesday that Brazos County’s total hospital bed occupancy is at 60%, and the ICU bed occupancy is at 71%.
According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, as of Tuesday afternoon, there were 129 hospital beds available in the Brazos Valley trauma service region, with six ICU beds available. There were 47 ventilators available, and 62 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.
According to the Texas Tribune, the method of reporting COVID-19 deaths in the state changed Monday. The DSHS is now counting deaths marked on death certificates as caused by COVID-19. Previously, the state relied on local and regional public health departments to verify and report deaths.
Numbers reported by the DSHS for area counties now reflect several deaths locally. In Burleson County, the DSHS says there have been five who have died from COVID-19. There are 226 cases there, with 135 who have recovered.
Robertson County has one death, according to the DSHS. There are 199 cases there, with 99 who have recovered. In Milam County, there are now four deaths, with 286 cases and 228 recoveries, the DSHS said.
Madison County is now reporting 631 cases, with 109 who have recovered, the DSHS said. According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, there are 379 active cases among inmates at the Ferguson Unit in Madison County.
In Grimes County, there are 824 cases, the DSHS reports. Of those, at least 438 are connected the TDCJ. There have been 18 deaths in Grimes County, 15 of which are connected to the Pack Unit. The DSHS reports 580 people have recovered there.
In Leon County, there are 130 cases reported, with 82 who have recovered. One person had died there.
According to the DSHS, there are 450 cases in Washington County, with 297 who have recovered. There are 37 who have died there.
There were 8,342 new cases reported in Texas on Tuesday, according to the DSHS. With 48,044 viral tests reported, the state’s positivity rate is now 12.8%, which is down from 16.8% on July 16. Public health officials have said the goal is to have the average positivity rate to remain below 6%, the Texas Tribune reported. There have been 394,265 cases reported in the state since the pandemic began.
There are 9,593 Texans in the hospital for coronavirus as of Tuesday, which is 1,255 less than a week ago. COVID-19 patients occupy 15.6% of hospital beds. The Texas Tribune notes the number of current hospitalizations and hospital bed counts is incomplete as of July 23. There have been 5,877 deaths reported statewide, the DSHS reports.
Harris County has the most cases, with 66,195. There have been 1,127 who have died there.
The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District reported 66 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total there to 4,108. There are 2,137 who have recovered and 1,932 active cases. There have been 39 deaths there. Health officials said 76 cases are hospitalized, with 63 of those McLennan County residents.