Brazos County health officials reported 50 new COVID-19 cases and seven virus-related deaths among county residents on Tuesday.
The latest deaths were five people who were hospitalized — three men in their 40s, a woman in her 60s and a woman in her 70s — and two who were at home — a man in his 60s and a man in his 70s. To date, 242 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
With Tuesday’s new cases, the county’s total number of cases recorded since the pandemic began rose to 21,403.
Of those, 625 cases were active Tuesday, a decrease of four from the day before. Officials said 20,536 cases are considered recovered. Health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.
Twenty-five Brazos County residents were hospitalized Tuesday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, officials said, which is five fewer than the day before.
The Brazos County Health District is now reporting the percentage of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state’s Trauma Service Area N, which includes Brazos County and six surrounding counties. The percentage of hospitalized patients in the region with COVID-19 on Monday was 6.56% Other counties in that region are Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Madison, Washington and Leon counties.
There were 37 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region Tuesday and four intensive care unit beds were available, according to the Department of State Health Services.
Of the 564 staffed hospital beds in the region, 129 were available Tuesday, according to state figures.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.44% on Tuesday. Health officials said 229,422 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were no new probable COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday. To date, health officials have reported 3,923 total probable cases. Of those, 80 were considered active, and 3,843 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 Tuesday were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.
• The DSHS reported 1,912 cases in Burleson County as of Tuesday. Of those, 55 are active. Forty people have died from the illness in the county, according to state figures.
• Grimes County is now reporting 3,24 cases, according to the DSHS website. At least 556 of those cases are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There have been 66 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, at least 21 of whom were connected to the TDCJ. There are 61 active cases.
• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,254 cases. Officials said 24 cases are active. Forty-two people have died.
• Madison County is reporting 1,689 cases, with 17 of those remaining active, according to DSHS figures. At least 539 of the cases reported in the county are connected to the TDCJ. Twenty-eight Madison County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.
• Milam County reports 1,392 cases, with 21 of those active, DSHS reported. Forty-six county residents have died.
• In Robertson County, there are 1,653 cases with 24 that are active. DSHS officials said 39 county residents have died.
• Washington County reports 3,184 cases. Of those, 89 were active. Eighty-nine Washington County residents have died.
On Tuesday, 3,365 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Texas.
There have been more than 2.4 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state.
State officials said 47,822 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, 73 more than Monday.
According to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, 26 new cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the total there to 26,262. Of those, 202 are active cases and 25,610 have recovered. There are 16 people hospitalized, and 450 have died.