Brazos County health officials reported 10 new virus-related deaths and 117 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents on Thursday.
The latest deaths were a man in his 20s, a man in his 30s, two men in their 50s, two men in their 80s, a man in his 90s, a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 80s, and a woman in her 90s. No other details about the people were released, per the Brazos County Health District’s policy on patient privacy.
To date, 285 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
Health officials have confirmed 26,857 cases of COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Of those, 1,171 cases were active on Thursday, five less than the day before.
Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 25,401 cases were considered recovered as of Thursday; health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.
Health officials said 2,114 reported cases of the virus were awaiting confirmation Thursday.
Brazos County Health Authority Dr. Seth Sullivan said Wednesday that the investigation process takes time and is hard to keep up with, causing the number of cases that have yet to be investigated to add up. The health district decided to begin reporting the number of unconfirmed cases each day because the previous reporting method did not reflect the gravity of COVID-19 in the community. There are not usually many duplicates in the raw numbers, Sullivan said.
The raw count will provide people with a better understanding of how many cases the health district is seeing and how much transmission of COVID-19 is happening in the county, Sullivan said.
Fifty-five Brazos County residents were hospitalized Thursday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, which is the same total from the day before, 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 26.51% on Wednesday, 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 154 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county Brazos Valley region on Thursday, including nine 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 581 staffed hospital beds in the region, 26 were available Thursday, according to state figures.
Across the state, 13,790 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Thursday.
A Texas A&M University website said there were 778 active, self-reported cases of the virus among students, faculty members and staff as of Monday, the last date for which figures were posted.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.28% on Thursday.
Health officials said 324,521 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were seven new probable COVID-19 cases reported in Brazos County on Thursday. To date, health officials have reported 4,568 total probable cases.
The DSHS reported 2,313 cases in Burleson County on Thursday, an increase of two cases from the day before. Of those, 141 were active; 51 Burleson County residents have died since the pandemic began, according to state figures.
Grimes County on Thursday reported 4,130 cases, according to the DSHS website, eight more than the number reported Wednesday. There have been 77 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, and 270 cases were reported as active Thursday.
According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,547 cases on Thursday, two more than the day before. Officials said 179 cases were active; 49 deaths have been attributed to the virus in the county.
Madison County reported 1,950 cases on Thursday, three more than the prior day. Of those, 124 cases were active and 34 virus-related deaths have been reported, according to DSHS figures.
Milam County reported 1,862 cases on Thursday, the same number as the day before. Of those, 233 cases were active. Sixty-three Milam County residents have died from the virus, according to the state.
In Robertson County, there were 2,104 cases on Thursday, two more than the day before; 153 cases were active. There have been 51 deaths attributed to the virus, state officials reported.
Washington County was reporting 4,067 cases on Thursday, an increase of 24 from the day before. Of those, 253 were active. State figures show 104 Washington County residents have died after contracting the virus.
On Thursday, 17,099 new cases of COVID-19 and 341 virus-related deaths were reported in Texas.
The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the state was more than 3 million, according to state figures.
State officials said 56,296 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Thursday.