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Brazos County reports 172 new COVID-19 cases Friday

Brazos County reports 172 new COVID-19 cases Friday

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Brazos County health officials reported 172 new cases of the virus among county residents on Friday.

This is the second-highest number of new cases reported in a single day in the county since the start of the pandemic. The highest was 175 on Jan. 7. This is also the 16th straight day Brazos County officials have reported more than 100 new cases of the virus.

Fifty-nine Brazos County residents were hospitalized Friday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, officials said, which is five fewer than the day before.

With Friday’s new cases, the county’s overall number of cases recorded since the pandemic began rose to 13,880.

Of those, 1,749 cases were active on Friday, an increase of 64 from the day before. This is the highest number of active cases in the county since the start of the pandemic. The previous high was Thursday’s total of 1,685.

Officials said 11,980 cases are considered recovered.

Bryan-College Station hospitals were at 88% capacity, and intensive care units were at 133% occupancy, according to the Brazos County Health District.

On Friday, state health officials reported the

COVID-19 hospitalization rate in Trauma Service Area N, which includes Brazos County and six surrounding counties, was 24.68%. The hospitalization rate has been over 15% since Dec. 22.

There were 155 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region on Friday — five fewer than the day before — and one intensive care unit bed was available, according to the Department of State Health Services.

Of the 628 staffed hospital beds in the region, 77 were available Friday, 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 9.83% on Friday. Health officials said 141,214 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.

There were 55 new probable COVID-19 cases reported Friday. To date, health officials have reported 2,754 total probable cases. Of those, 359 were considered active, and 2,395 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 17% of the new cases reported Friday were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.

To date, 151 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials announced Friday night that an employee at the Hamilton Unit in Bryan died of COVID-19. According to officials, Treva Preston, 57, was hospitalized with the coronavirus on Jan. 4 and died early Friday. The correctional lieutenant had served with the TDCJ for 16 years.

TDCJ officials said 36 employees have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brazos Valley

• The DSHS reports 908 cases in Burleson County, 17 more than the previous day. Of those, 166 are active. Twenty-one people have died from the illness in the county, according to state figures.

• Grimes County reported 1,767 cases, according to the DSHS website, an increase of 14. At least 556 of those cases are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There have been 51 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, at least 21 of whom were connected to the TDCJ. There are 171 active cases, state health officials said.

• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 645 cases, eight more than the previous day. Officials said 113 cases are active. Twenty-eight people have died.

• Madison County reports 998 cases — an increase of one — with 50 of those remaining active, according to DSHS figures. At least 539 of the cases reported in the county are connected to the TDCJ. Eighteen Madison County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.

• Milam County continues to report 936 cases, with 153 of those active, DSHS reported. Eighteen county residents have died.

• In Robertson County, there are 789 cases — an increase of 12 — with 152 that are active. DSHS officials said 23 county residents have died.

• Washington County reports 1,275 cases, an increase of seven. Of those, 158 were active. Sixty-nine Washington County residents have died.

Statewide

On Friday, 21,343 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Texas.

There have been more than 1.81 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Friday, there were 13,953 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. COVID-19 patients occupy 20.4% of total hospital beds in the state.

State officials said 31,450 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Friday, 400 more than Thursday.

According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 211 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday. There are now 21,809 total cases. Of those, 1,272 are active and 20,216 have recovered. There are 155 hospitalized and 321 who have died.

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