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Brazos County reports 75 new COVID-19 cases Friday

Brazos County reports 75 new COVID-19 cases Friday

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Brazos County health officials reported 75 new COVID-19 cases Friday.

The county has recorded 7,213 overall cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of those, Brazos County health officials said 646 were considered active on Friday, an increase of 44 from Thursday’s total.

Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 6,504 people had recovered from the illness caused by the novel coronavirus as of Friday, an increase of 31 from the day before.

Officials said 32% of the new cases reported Friday were among people ages 18-24.

There were 11 new probable COVID-19 cases reported Friday. To date, health officials have reported 954 total probable cases. Of those, 158 were considered active, and 796 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 8.7% on Friday.

Health officials said 82,910 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.

Eighteen Brazos County residents who have tested positive for the virus were hospitalized as of Friday. Brazos County’s total hospital bed occupancy was at 78%, and intensive care units were at 75% capacity on Friday, health officials said. Those numbers include all patients, not just those with COVID-19.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were 126 hospital beds available in the Brazos Valley Trauma Region as of Friday afternoon. In the area — which includes Brazos, Washington, Leon, Madison, Grimes and Burleson counties — there were four ICU beds available. Officials said the region had 56 ventilators available, with 37 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized, an increase of two over Thursday.

To date, 63 Brazos County residents have died after being treated for COVID-19.


Brazos Valley

• The DSHS reports 410 cases in Burleson County, an increase of 13. Of those, 70 are active. Six have died.

• Grimes County reports 1,143 cases, according to the DSHS, three more than Thursday. At least 490 of those cases are connected to the TDCJ. There have been 34 who have died in Grimes County, at least 21 of whom are connected to the TDCJ. There are 61 active cases, state health officials said.

• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 10 additional cases, bringing the total there to 316 cases. Officials said 69 cases are active. Ten people have died.

• Madison County reports 741 cases, the DSHS said, which is five more than Thursday. At least 539 of those are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There are 20 active cases, while six have died.

• The DSHS reports 534 cases in Milam County, an increase of four. Seven have died in the county. State officials said there are six active cases.

• In Robertson County, there are 397 cases — an increase of 11 — with 90 that are active. DSHS officials said four have died.

• Washington County reports three additional cases, bringing the total there to 673 cases. Of those, 42 are active. Forty-eight have died.


Statewide

On Friday, 5,682 new cases were reported in Texas. There have been 815,678 COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Friday, there were 4,248 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. Those patients occupy 6.5% of hospital beds.

State officials said 16,903 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Friday, 91 more than Thursday.

According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 47 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday. There are now 9,290 total cases. Of those, 514 are active and 8,642 have

recovered.

Officials said 59 people are hospitalized, and 51 of those cases are McLennan County residents. There have been 134 who have died.

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