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Brazos County reports 175 new COVID-19 cases Thursday; 58 people hospitalized
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Brazos County reports 175 new COVID-19 cases Thursday; 58 people hospitalized

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Brazos County health officials reported 175 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday — the highest number of daily new cases reported since the pandemic began.

Thursday was the third straight day the Brazos County Health District reported a new highest number of daily new cases.

Fifty-eight Brazos County residents were hospitalized Wednesday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, officials said, six fewer than the day before.

With Thursday’s new cases, the county’s overall number of cases recorded since the pandemic began rises to 12,824. Of those, 1,263 cases were active on Thursday, an increase of 55 from the day before. Officials said 11,421 cases are considered recovered.

Thursday was the seventh 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 95% capacity, and intensive care units were at 104% 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 26.73%. That rate has been over 15% since Dec. 22.

There were 166 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region on Thursday — four fewer than the day before — and no intensive care unit beds available, according to the Department of State Health Services.

Of the 621 staffed hospital beds in the region, 50 were available Thursday, 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 9.53% on Thursday. Health officials said 134,601 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.

There were 56 new probable COVID-19 cases reported Thursday. To date, health officials have reported 2,477 total probable cases. Of those, 313 were considered active, and 2,164 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 14% of the new cases reported Thursday 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 837 cases in Burleson County, which is seven more than the previous day. Of those, 68 are active. Seventeen people have died from the illness in the county, according to state figures.

• Grimes County reported 1,689 cases, according to the DSHS website, which is an increase of 11. At least 556 of those cases are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There have been 46 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, at least 21 of whom were connected to the TDCJ. There are 134 active cases, state health officials said.

• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 594 cases, an increase of eight. Officials said 96 cases are active. Twenty-six people have died.

• Madison County reported five additional cases, bringing the total to 986 since the beginning of the pandemic, with 70 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 935 cases, an increase of 25, with 152 of those active, DSHS reported. Fifteen county residents have died.

• In Robertson County, there are 748 cases — an increase of 10 — with 150 that are active. DSHS officials said 21 county residents have died.

• Washington County reports 1,242 cases, an increase of nine. Of those, 209 were active. Sixty-one Washington County residents have died.

Statewide

On Thursday, 19,598 new cases were reported in Texas.

There have been more than 1.66 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Thursday, there were 13,784 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. COVID-19 patients occupy 20.6% of total hospital beds in the state.

State officials said 28,938 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Thursday, 393 more than Wednesday.

According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 297 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday. There are now 20,0303 total cases. Of those, 1,489 are active and 18,518 have recovered. There are 158 hospitalized and 296 who have died.

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