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Active COVID-19 cases top 900 in Brazos County; 61 new cases reported Thursday
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Active COVID-19 cases top 900 in Brazos County; 61 new cases reported Thursday

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Brazos County health officials reported 61 new COVID-19 cases Thursday.

The county has recorded 8,864 overall cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of those, Brazos County health officials said 922 were considered active Thursday, an increase of 31 from Wednesday’s total.

Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 7,858 people had recovered from the illness caused by the novel coronavirus as of Thursday, an increase of 30 from the day before.

Officials said 49% of the new cases reported Thursday were among people ages 18 to 24.

On Monday, Texas A&M officials encouraged all students to get a free COVID-19 test this week. Testing is available at eight on-campus locations for A&M students, faculty and staff members, but anyone in the community can get a free test at one of three kiosks on the A&M campus.

Brazos County’s positivity rate was 9.15% on Thursday. Health officials said 96,867 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.

Thirty-three Brazos County residents who have tested positive for the virus were hospitalized as of Thursday, three fewer than Wednesday’s total. Brazos County’s total hospital bed occupancy was at 83%. Intensive care units in Brazos County were at 72% on Thursday, health officials said. Those numbers include all patients, not just those with COVID-19.

In the Brazos Valley Trauma Region — which includes Brazos, Washington, Leon, Madison, Grimes and Burleson counties — there were two intensive care beds available as of Thursday afternoon, state officials said. There are 72 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized. According to state officials, COVID-19 patients are using 11.7% of the region’s hospital capacity.

There were 14 new probable COVID-19 cases reported Thursday. To date, health officials have reported 1,415 total probable cases. Of those, 230 were considered active, and 1,185 were recovered. A probable COVID-19 case is determined by a positive antigen, or rapid, test. Confirmed COVID-19 cases are determined by a positive PCR test.

To date, 84 Brazos County residents have died after being treated for COVID-19.


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Brazos Valley

• The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 603 cases in Burleson County, an increase of 11. Of those, 126 are active. Seven people have died from the illness, according to state figures.

• Grimes County reported 1,306 cases, according to the DSHS website, an increase of 12. At least 527 of those cases are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There have been 38 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, at least 21 of whom were connected to the TDCJ. There are 102 active cases, state health officials said.

• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 423 cases, an increase of four. Officials said 48 cases are active. Fourteen people have died.

• Madison County reports seven additional cases, bringing the total there to 832 cases, with 59 of those remaining active, according to DSHS figures. At least 539 of the cases reported in the county are connected to the TDCJ. Ten Madison County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.

• The DSHS reports 605 overall cases in Milam County, an increase of three. Nine county residents have died from the virus. State officials said there are 12 active cases.

• In Robertson County, there are 463 cases — an increase of four — with 28 that are active. DSHS officials said six county residents have died.

• Washington County reported 886 cases, an increase of 17. Of those, 165 were active. Fifty-three Washington County residents have died.


Statewide

On Thursday, 12,293 new cases were reported in Texas. There have been 1,060,883 COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Thursday, there were 7,982 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. Those patients occupy 11.9% of hospital beds.

State officials said 20,113 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Thursday, 230 more than Wednesday.

According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 186 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday. There are now 12,947 total cases. Of those, 1,352 are active and 11,421 have recovered. Officials said 88 people are hospitalized, and 65 of those cases are McLennan County residents. There have been 174 who have died.

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