Brazos County health officials reported 105 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total of positive cases to 1,720.
Additionally, a woman in her 70s who had been hospitalized has died, marking the fourth death this week from COVID-19. Overall, there have been 29 in Brazos County who have died.
Health officials said there are 939 active cases in the county, an increase of 46 over Friday. There have been 752 who have recovered, an increase of 59.
Five people were discharged from the hospital; 26 are currently hospitalized, a decrease of three over Friday. There have been 18,700 tests performed, which is the same number as reported Friday.
Saturday’s numbers mark the third day of a triple-digit positive test count. In the seven-day period from June 21 through Saturday, 495 cases have been reported. In the seven-day period from June 14 through June 20, there were 444 cases, according to daily reports from the health district.
College Station Mayor Karl Mooney signed an emergency order late Thursday requiring face masks in businesses after the city’s council members expressed unanimous support for such a requirement at their Thursday meeting. That order takes effect at 6 a.m. Monday.
Customers and employees will be required to wear face masks inside local Brazos County businesses beginning Tuesday at 12:01 a.m.
That decision was made official late Friday afternoon as county Judge Duane Peters signed an order requiring face coverings inside businesses. Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson signed a nearly identical order for the city at the same time.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Brazos Valley trauma service region has 67% of hospital beds in use. There are 164 hospital beds available, a decrease of three since Friday. Of those, 15 are in intensive care units, an increase of four. There are 44 ventilators available, an increase of three since Friday, and 50 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.
Rebecca Fischer, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health, told the Texas Tribune it takes about nine to 16 days to see increased infections and generally another five to seven days to see changes in the numbers of people hospitalized. (Some individuals are only diagnosed once they make it to the hospital.)
Brazos County has an infection rate of 7.37 cases out of every 1,000 residents, state data shows. In Harris County, there are 6.14 cases per 1,000 people, while Dallas County has 7.36 cases per 1,000 residents.
Burleson County saw an additional case Saturday, bringing the total there to 70. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 19 have recovered.
Grimes County has three additional cases, bringing the total there to 341 cases, with at least 251 of those connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Thirty-two people have recovered there, and two have died, the DSHS reports. Leon County remains at 20 cases. Five have recovered there.
In Washington County, there are 251 cases reported by county officials. Three remain hospitalized there, while 158 have recovered. There have been 31 who have died from COVID-19 there, county officials said.
Milam County officials continue to report 80 cases. There have been 56 people who have recovered and three in the hospital. One person has died in Milam County.
Robertson County officials continue to report 37 cases there, with 10 recoveries. According to Madison County officials, there are 29 cases there, with 18 who have recovered.
In Texas, there are 143,371 positive cases, an increase of 5,747 over Friday. An estimated 78,248 have recovered. There have been 2,366 who have died as of Saturday, 42 more than the previous day.
Harris County has the most cases, with 28,255. There have been 361 deaths there. Moore County, in the Texas Panhandle, has the most per capita, with 40.73 per 1,000 residents. Fifteen have died there, and 888 cases have been reported.