Brazos County health officials reported four COVID-related deaths and 103 new cases of the virus among county residents as the county’s number of active cases continued to decrease on Wednesday.
The latest deaths were a man in his 50s, a woman in her 60s and two women in their 90s. All four had been hospitalized. No other details were released, per the Brazos County Health District’s policy on patient privacy.
To date, 156 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
To date, the county has reported 14,396 cases since the pandemic began. Of those, 1,747 cases were active, officials said, a decrease of 59 from Tuesday’s total.
Officials said 12,493 cases are considered recovered.
Sixty-five Brazos County residents were hospitalized Wednesday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, which is seven fewer than the day before.
Bryan-College Station hospitals were at 91% capacity, and intensive care units were at 131% occupancy, according to the Brazos County Health District.
On Wednesday, state health officials reported the COVID-19 hospitalization rate in Trauma Service Area N, which includes Brazos County and six surrounding counties, was 23.71%. The hospitalization rate has been over 15% since Dec. 22.
There were 143 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region on Tuesday — 14 fewer than the day before — and no intensive care unit beds were available, according to the Department of State Health Services.
Of the 603 staffed hospital beds in the region, 51 were available Wednesday, according to state figures. Those figures include all patients, not just those hospitalized with COVID-19.
According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Brazos Valley is the only
region in the state with no intensive care beds available. The area around Abilene had one bed available and the area near Laredo had two beds available, data shows.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 9.77% on Wednesday. Health officials said 147,409 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were 30 new probable COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday. To date, health officials have reported 2,830 total probable cases. Of those, 409 were considered active, and 2,421 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 12% of the new cases reported Wednesday were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.
• The DSHS reports 924 cases in Burleson County, 14 more than the previous day. Of those, 156 are active. Twenty-two people have died from the illness in the county, according to state figures.
• Grimes County reported 1,782 cases, according to the DSHS website, an increase of nine cases. At least 556 of those cases are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There have been 54 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, at least 21 of whom were connected to the TDCJ. There are 160 active cases, state health officials said.
• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 653 cases, four more than the previous day. Officials said 98 cases are active. Twenty-eight people have died.
• Madison County reported 10 additional cases, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,005 cases with 46 of those remaining active, according to DSHS figures. At least 539 of the cases reported in the county are connected to the TDCJ. Twenty-one Madison County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.
• Milam County reported 1,096 cases, with 33 of those active, DSHS reported. Twenty county residents have died.
• In Robertson County, there are 808 cases — an increase of two — with 134 that are active. DSHS officials said 26 county residents have died.
• Washington County reports 1,279 cases, an increase of two. Of those, 129 were active. Seventy-one Washington County residents have died.
On Wednesday, 25,512 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Texas.
There have been more than 1.89 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Wednesday, there were 13,870 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. COVID-19 patients occupy 20.6% of total hospital beds in the state.
State officials said 32,844 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, 450 more than Tuesday.
According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 81 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday. There are now 22,373 total cases. Of those, 1,187 are active and 20,949 have recovered. There are 139 hospitalized and 337 who have died.