A man in his 50s is the latest Brazos County resident to die from COVID-19, health officials reported Monday.
News of the latest virus-related death comes days after a Texas A&M University sophomore died after contracting COVID-19. Funeral services for 20-year-old Kirstyn Ahuero, a biomedical sciences major, are set for Tuesday in Kerrville.
To date, 301 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures. County health officials have confirmed 22 virus-related deaths so far this month.
Also Monday, Brazos County health officials reported 172 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents.
A Texas A&M University website said there were 1,624 active, self-reported cases of the virus among students, faculty members and staff as of Friday, the last date for which figures were posted. The number of active cases on campus has increased 146% in the past two weeks, according to the university’s data.
Brazos County health officials said 3,599 cases of the virus reported by health care systems and testing centers were awaiting confirmation Monday.
County health officials have confirmed 28,072 cases of COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Of those, 1,589 cases were active on Monday.
Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 26,182 cases were considered recovered as of Monday; health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.
Forty-nine Brazos County residents were hospitalized Monday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, officials said.
The percentage of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in the state’s Trauma Service Area N — Brazos County and six surrounding counties — was 23.49% on Sunday, the last day for which figures were reported by the state. Other counties in the Brazos Valley region are Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Madison, Washington and Leon.
There were 136 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county Brazos Valley region on Monday, including 19 patients who had been admitted in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of State Health Services. No intensive care unit beds were available in the region. Of the 579 staffed hospital beds in the region, 46 were available Monday, according to state figures.
Across the state, 13,065 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Monday.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 7.93% on Monday.
Health officials said 353,888 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were no new probable COVID-19 cases reported in Brazos County on Friday. To date, health officials have reported 4,624 total probable cases.
The DSHS reported 2,416 cases in Burleson County on Monday. Of those, 204 were active; 55 Burleson County residents have died since the pandemic began, according to state figures.
Grimes County on Monday reported 4,309 cases, according to the DSHS website. There have been 82 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, and 306 cases were reported as active Monday.
According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,676 cases on Monday. Officials said 255 cases were active; 52 deaths have been attributed to the virus in the county.
Madison County reported 2,015 cases on Monday. Of those, 127 cases were active and 38 virus-related deaths have been reported, according to DSHS figures.
Milam County reported 1,921 cases on Monday. Of those, 269 cases were active. Sixty-five Milam County residents have died from the virus, according to the state.
In Robertson County, there were 2,228 cases on Monday; 200 cases were active. There have been 57 deaths attributed to the virus, state officials reported.
Washington County was reporting 4,278 cases on Monday,. Of those, 369 were active. State figures show 110 Washington County residents have died after contracting the virus.
On Monday, 8,140 new cases of COVID-19 and 46 virus-related deaths were reported in Texas.
The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the state was nearly 3.2 million, according to state figures.
State officials said 58,901 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Monday.