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Brazos County hospitals reach 88% capacity; 57 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday

Brazos County hospitals reach 88% capacity; 57 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday

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Brazos County hospitals on Thursday were 88% full, with intensive care units at 79% capacity, according to the daily report from the Brazos County Health District.

Officials confirmed 57 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, with the number of active cases among county residents increasing to 602 from 589 the day before.

The new cases brings the county’s overall total number of cases of the virus to 7,138. Health officials said Thursday that 6,473 cases were considered recovered.

Officials said 33% of Thursday’s new cases were among people ages 18 to 24.

Seventeen Brazos County residents who have tested positive for the virus were hospitalized Thursday. That number was down from 20 on Wednesday.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were 128 hospital beds available in the Brazos Valley Trauma Region as of Thursday afternoon. In the area — which includes Brazos, Washington, Leon, Madison, Grimes and Burleson counties — there were two ICU beds available. Officials said the region had 55 ventilators available, with 35 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized, a decrease of nine over Wednesday.

To date, 63 Brazos County residents have died from the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

Brazos County health officials reported 14 new probable COVID-19 cases Thursday. To date, health officials have reported 943 total probable cases. Of those, 160 were considered active, and 783 were recovered Thursday. 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.

The county’s hospitalization figures include all patients, not just those being treated for COVID-19.

Brazos Valley

• The DSHS continues to report 397 cases in Burleson County. Of those, 65 are active. Six have died. 

• Grimes County reports 1,140 cases, according to the DSHS, seven more than Wednesday. 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 56 active cases, state health officials said.

• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported seven additional cases, bringing the total there to 306 cases. Officials said 61 cases are active. Ten people have died.

• Madison County reports 736 cases, the DSHS said, an adjustment of three fewer than Wednesday’s cases. At least 539 of those are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There are 17 active cases, while six have died.

• The DSHS reports 530 cases in Milam County, an increase of 10. Seven have died in the county. State officials said there are five 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 four additional cases, bringing the total there to 671 cases. Of those, 40 are active. Forty-eight have died.


Statewide

On Thursday, 4,615 new cases were reported in Texas. There have been 809,808 COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Thursday, there were 4,263 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. Those patients occupy 6.5% of hospital beds. 

State officials said 16,812 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Thursday, 95 more than Wednesday.

According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 56 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday. There are now 9,243 total cases. Of those, 526 are active and 8,585 have recovered.

Officials said 66 people are hospitalized, and 54 of those cases are McLennan County residents. There have been 132 who have died.

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