Brazos County health officials reported 11 new virus-related deaths and 71 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents on Friday.
The number of active cases in the county decreased to 2,325 after hitting an all-time high of 2,966 on Sept. 30. Health officials said 1,299 cases of the virus reported by health care systems and testing centers were awaiting confirmation Friday.
The latest Brazos County residents to die after contracting COVID-19 were a man in his 40s, a woman in her 40s, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 50s, a man in his 70s, two women in their 70s, a man in his 80s, a woman in her 80s, a man in his 90s, and a woman in her 90s, health officials said. Nine of those people were hospitalized, officials said.
These 11 deaths occurred in September, health officials said. Health officials also reported Friday that the county has had eight breakthrough deaths from COVID-19 in people between the ages of 75 and 101 who had been fully vaccinated. Health officials encourage everyone 12 and over to get vaccinated to prevent complications from COVID-19.
To date, 345 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
Brazos County officials have confirmed 32,566 cases of COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
A Texas A&M University website said the number of active, self-reported cases of the virus among students, faculty members and staff had fallen to 109 as of Tuesday, the last date for which figures were posted. The latest figures were down from a high of 1,635 cases reported on campus Sept. 10.
Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 29,896 cases were considered recovered as of Friday; health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.
Twenty-three Brazos County residents were hospitalized Friday 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 12% on Thursday, 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 68 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county Brazos Valley region Friday, including 12 patients who had been admitted in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of State Health Services. Ten COVID-19 patients were on ventilators in the region, and there was one intensive care unit bed available in the region. Of the 569 staffed hospital beds in the region, 49 were available Friday, according to state figures.
Across the state, 7,004 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Friday.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.45% on Friday.
Health officials said 385,533 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were 17 new probable COVID-19 cases reported in Brazos County on Friday. To date, health officials have reported 5,467 total probable cases.
The DSHS reported 2,548 cases in Burleson County on Friday, one more than the day before. Of those, 131 were active; 58 Burleson County residents have died since the pandemic began, according to state figures.
Grimes County on Friday reported 4,534 cases, six more than the day before, according to the DSHS website. There have been 98 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, and 129 cases were reported as active Friday.
According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,805 cases on Friday, the same number as the day before. Officials said 119 cases were active; 62 deaths have been attributed to the virus in the county.
Madison County reported 2,079 cases on Friday, two more than the day before. Of those, 54 cases were active and 42 virus-related deaths have been reported, according to DSHS figures.
Milam County reported 2,049 cases on Friday, seven more than the day before. Of those, 31 cases were active. Seventy-nine Milam County residents have died from the virus, according to the state.
In Robertson County, there were 2,330 cases on Friday, one more than the day before; 100 cases were active. There have been 62 deaths attributed to the virus, state officials reported.
Washington County was reporting 4,596 cases on Friday, four more than the day before. Of those, 228 were active. State figures show 122 Washington County residents have died after contracting the virus.
On Friday, 6,094 new cases of COVID-19 and 367 virus-related deaths were reported in Texas.
The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the state was more than 3.4 million, according to state figures.
State officials said 66,057 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Friday.