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Brazos County reports 162 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday; 64 county residents hospitalized
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Brazos County reports 162 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday; 64 county residents hospitalized

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Brazos County health officials reported 162 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday — the highest number of daily new cases reported since the pandemic began.

Wednesday was the second straight day the Brazos County Health District reported a new highest number of daily new cases since the pandemic began.

Sixty-four Brazos County residents were hospitalized Wednesday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, officials said, three more than the day before.

With Wednesday’s new cases, the county’s overall number of cases recorded since the pandemic began rises to 12,649. Of those, 1,208 cases were active on Wednesday, an increase of 61 from the day before. Officials said 11,301 cases are considered recovered.

Wednesday was the sixth straight day health officials have reported more than 100 new COVID-19 cases in Brazos County in a single day.

Bryan-College Station hospitals were at 93% capacity, and intensive care units were at 96% occupancy, according to the Brazos County Health District.

On Wednesday, state health officials said the COVID-19 hospitalization rate in Trauma Service Area N, which includes Brazos County and six surrounding counties, was 27.96%. That rate has been over 15% since Dec. 22.

There were 170 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region on Wednesday — 10 more than the day before — and one intensive care unit bed available, according to the Department of State Health Services.

Of the 608 staffed hospital beds in the region, 40 were available Wednesday, according to state figures. Those figures include all patients, not just those hospitalized with COVID-19.

Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 9.48% on Wednesday. Health officials said 133,393 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.

There were six new probable COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday. To date, health officials have reported 2,421 total probable cases. Of those, 261 were considered active, and 2,160 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.

Officials said 13% of the new cases reported Wednesday were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.

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To date, 140 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.

Brazos Valley

• The DSHS reports 830 cases in Burleson County, which is six more than the previous day. Of those, 76 are active. Fifteen people have died from the illness in the county, according to state figures.

• Grimes County reported 1,678 cases, according to the DSHS website, which is an increase of five. At least 556 of those cases are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There have been 45 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, at least 21 of whom were connected to the TDCJ. There are 125 active cases, state health officials said.

• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 586 cases, an increase of four. Officials said 96 cases are active. Twenty-five people have died.

• Madison County reported 981 cases, with 64 of those remaining active, according to DSHS figures. At least 539 of the cases reported in the county are connected to the TDCJ. Seventeen Madison County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.

• Milam County reported continues to report 910 cases, with 160 of those active, DSHS reported. Fifteen county residents have died.

• In Robertson County, there are 738 cases — an increase of six — with 135 that are active. DSHS officials said 21 county residents have died.

• Washington County reports 1,233 cases, an increase of 17. Of those, 213 were active. Sixty-one Washington County residents have died.

Statewide

On Wednesday, 19,535 new cases were reported in Texas.

There have been more than 1.64 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Wednesday, there were 13,628 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. COVID-19 patients occupy 21% of total hospital beds in the state.

State officials said 28,545 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, 326 more than Tuesday.

According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 208 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday. There are now 20,006 total cases. Of those, 1,454 are active and 18,257 have recovered. There are 155 hospitalized and 295 who have died.

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