Brazos County health officials reported 59 new COVID-19 cases and eight virus-related deaths among county residents on Tuesday.
The latest deaths were a woman in her 40s, a woman in her 50s, two men in their 60s, two men in their 70s, a woman in her 70s, and a man in his 80s. All eight were hospitalized.
All of the deaths occurred during last week’s winter storm when Brazos County health officials were not releasing new COVID-19 information.
No other details were released about the people who died, per the Brazos County Health District’s policy on patient privacy. To date, 208 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 16,947.
Of those, 552 cases were active on Tuesday, an increase of 19 from the day before. Officials said 16,187 cases are considered recovered.
Thirty-five Brazos County residents were hospitalized Tuesday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, officials said, which is four more than the day before.
Bryan-College Station hospitals were at 89% capacity and intensive care units at 117% occupancy, according to the Brazos County Health District.
On Tuesday, the COVID-19 hospitalization rate in Trauma Service Area N, which includes Brazos County and six surrounding counties, was 11.02%.
There were 64 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region on Tuesday and two intensive care unit beds were available, according to the Department of State Health Services.
Of the 581 staffed hospital beds in the region, 70 were available Tuesday, according to state figures.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 9.49% on Tuesday. Health officials said 178,510 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were 50 new probable COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday. To date, health officials have reported 3,603 total probable cases. Of those, 212 were considered active, and 3,391 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 85% of the new cases reported Tuesday were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.
• The DSHS reports 1,802 cases in Burleson County. Of those, 253 are active. Thirty-three people have died from the illness in the county, according to state figures.
• Grimes County is now reporting 3,085 cases, according to the DSHS website. At least 556 of those cases are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There have been 60 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, at least 21 of whom were connected to the TDCJ. There are 382 active cases.
• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,197 cases. Officials said 150 cases are active. Thirty-six people have died.
• Madison County is reporting 1,636 cases, with 148 of those remaining active, according to DSHS figures. At least 539 of the cases reported in the county are connected to the TDCJ. Twenty-four Madison County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.
• Milam County reports 1,305 cases with 103 of those active, DSHS reported. Thirty-seven county residents have died.
• In Robertson County, there are 1,593 cases with 216 that are active. DSHS officials said 34 county residents have died.
• Washington County reports 2,996 cases. Of those, 451 were active. Eighty-one Washington County residents have died.
On Tuesday, 7,556 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Texas.
There have been more than 2.25 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state.
State officials said 40,378 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, 234 more than Monday.
According to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, 79 new cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the total there to 24,826. Of those, 273 are active cases and 24,158 have recovered. There are 65 people hospitalized and 395 have died.