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Brazos County reports 33 new COVID-19 cases Monday

Brazos County reports 33 new COVID-19 cases Monday

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Brazos County continued to climb on Monday after hitting a 13-month low last week.

Brazos County health officials reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents on Monday. Health officials have confirmed 23,605 cases of COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

After World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization assessors walked through a field hospital display set up at Disaster City, Los Angeles-based International Medical Corps earned its Type 1 fixed emergency medical team classification Friday. It is the first non-governmental organization to have a mobile and fixed unit certified for Type 1 emergency medical response through the WHO. The emergency hospital can deploy in 48 hours and be self-sustaining for 14 days. International Medical Corps leaders plan to apply for Type 2 certification in the future, which will allow the team to perform inpatient surgeries.

Of those, 212 cases were active Monday, an increase of 33 over the weekend and up from 157 active cases reported June 1. That was the lowest number of active cases of the virus reported in Brazos County since May 12, 2020, when 147 cases were considered active.

Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 23,139 cases were considered recovered on Monday; health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.

The percentage of patients with COVID-19 in the state’s Trauma Service Area N — Brazos County and six surrounding counties — was 4.85% on Monday. Other counties in the region are Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Madison, Washington and Leon counties.

There were 23 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region Monday and five intensive care unit beds were available, according to the Department of State Health Services.

Of the 539 staffed hospital beds in the region, 111 were available Monday, according to state figures.

Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.84% on Monday. Health officials said 267,017 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.

There were three new probable COVID-19 cases reported in Brazos County on Monday. To date, health officials have reported 4,094 total probable cases. Of those, 31 were considered active, and 4,063 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.

A Texas A&M University website said there were seven active, self-reported cases of the virus among students, faculty members and staff as of Friday, the last date for which figures were posted Monday.

To date, 254 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.

Across the state on Monday, 339 new cases of COVID-19 and two virus-related deaths were reported.

There have been more than 2.52 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the pandemic began. State officials said 50,641 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Monday.

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