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Brazos County reports 43 new COVID-19 cases Monday, rise in active cases
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Brazos County reports 43 new COVID-19 cases Monday, rise in active cases

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Brazos County climbed past 1,000 again on Monday, with Brazos County health officials reporting 43 new cases of the virus.

The new cases bring the county’s overall total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 5,743. Of those, health officials said, 1,024 were considered active Monday, an increase of 27 from Sunday’s total. Health officials said 4,661 people had recovered from the illness caused by the novel coronavirus as of Monday.

Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 93% of the new cases reported Monday were people between the ages of 18 and 24.

According to the Health District, 55,630 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers, which is the same as Sunday’s total.

There were two new probable COVID-19 cases reported Monday. To date, health officials have reported 548 total probable cases. Of those, 130 were considered active and 418 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.

Brazos County’s total positivity rate — the percentage of positive cases to viral tests — was 10.33% on Monday.

Health officials said Monday that Brazos County’s total hospital bed occupancy was at 61%, and intensive care units were at 44% capacity. Those numbers include all patients, not just those with COVID-19.

In the seven-county region of Brazos, Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Washington, Madison and Leon counties, 11 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized Monday, and eight intensive care unit beds remained open in the region, according to figures posted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Across the state, 2,595 new cases and 21 new fatalities were reported on Monday.

To date, 58 Brazos County residents have died after being treated for COVID-19. No new deaths have been reported since Thursday.

Five free mobile COVID-19 testing sites — three in College Station and two in Bryan — will be set up in Brazos County this month.

Testing is available for anyone over the age of 5. No appointments are needed. Walk-up or drive-up testing is available. Patients do not have to have symptoms or be Brazos County residents to be tested. Patients are asked to bring a picture ID, driver’s license or other form of identification when being tested.

The testing sites will be:

• Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in College Station, from noon to 8 p.m. through Friday.

• Lincoln Recreation Center in College Station from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Bryan from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Sept. 25.

• Henderson Park in Bryan from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27 from noon to 8 p.m.

• Brazos Fellowship in College Station from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 1.

For more information, visit the Brazos County Emergency Operations Center website at brazosceoc.org.

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