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Brazos County reports 53 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday
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Brazos County reports 53 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

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Brazos County health officials reported 53 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

The county now has 5,860 total cases. Of those, health officials said, 988 were considered active Wednesday, a decrease of 47 from Tuesday’s total. Health officials said 4,814 people had recovered from the illness caused by the novel coronavirus as of Wednesday, an increase of 100.

Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 85% of the new cases reported Wednesday were people between the ages of 18 and 24.

According to the health district, 59,002 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers, which is 2,085 more than Tuesday’s total.

There were 20 new probable COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday. To date, health officials have reported 577 total probable cases. Of those, 148 were considered active and 429 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 9.94% on Wednesday.

Health officials said Wednesday that Brazos County’s total hospital bed occupancy was at 74%, and intensive care units were at 55% capacity. Those numbers include all patients, not just those with COVID-19.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were 130 hospital beds available in the Brazos Valley Trauma Region as of Wednesday afternoon. In the area — which includes Brazos, Washington, Leon, Madison, Grimes and Burleson counties — there were nine ICU beds available. Officials said the region had 57 ventilators available, with 10 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized, which is one fewer than Tuesday.

To date, 58 Brazos County residents have died after being treated for COVID-19. No new deaths have been reported since Sept. 10.

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 age 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.

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

Grimes County will have free drive-up testing from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 26. Testing will be at the Navasota Center on Stadium Drive in Navasota, and at Todd Mission City Hall on FM 1774. No appointment is needed, but photo ID is required.

Brazos Valley

• Burleson County reports 321 cases, an increase of four. Of those, 38 are active. Six have died.

• Grimes County is reporting 1,061 cases, according to the DSHS, an increase of four. At least 549 of those cases are connected to the TDCJ. There have been 31 who have died in Grimes County, at least 21 of whom are connected to the TDCJ. There are 88 active cases, state health officials said.

• According to the DSHS, Leon County has 225 cases, an increase of four. Officials said 40 of those are active. Five people have died.

• Madison County reports 717 cases, the DSHS said. At least 539 of those are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There are 28 active cases, while six have died.

• The DSHS reported 471 cases in Milam County on Wednesday, an increase of eight. Five have died in the county. State officials said there are 13 active cases.

• In Robertson County, there are 284 cases — an increase of three — with 35 that are active. DSHS officials said four have died.

• Washington County reported three additional cases, making for 616. Of those, 58 are active. Forty-eight have died.

Statewide

On Wednesday, 3,409 new cases were reported in Texas. There have been 674,772 COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. As of Wednesday, there were 3,249 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. Those patients occupy 5.5% of hospital beds.

State officials said 14,478 Texans have died as of Wednesday, 135 more than Tuesday. Harris County has the most cases of any county in Texas, with 120,336 cases. Officials said 2,458 have died there.

According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 40 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday. There are now 7,271 total cases. There are now 520 active cases and 6,660 recovered cases. Officials said 39 people are hospitalized, and 29 of those cases are McLennan County residents. There have been 91 who have died.

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