Brazos County health officials reported two virus-related deaths and 143 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents on Wednesday as the number of active cases climbed past 900 for the first time since late March.
It was the highest number of cases reported in a single day since March 24, bringing the active number of COVID cases in the county to 916, an increase of 33 from the day before.
The latest deaths were a man in his 30s and a woman in her 60s. No other details about the two people were released, per the Brazos County Health District’s policy on patient privacy.
To date, 275 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
Health officials have confirmed 26,110 cases of COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 24,919 cases were considered recovered as of Wednesday; health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.
Forty-eight Brazos County residents were hospitalized Wednesday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, an increase of three 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 — climbed to 28.8% on Tuesday, the last day for which figures are reported by the state. Other counties in the Brazos Valley region are Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Madison, Washington and Leon.
There were 163 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county Brazos Valley region on Wednesday and no intensive care unit beds were available, according to the Department of State Health Services. Of the 566 staffed hospital beds in the region, 33 were available Wednesday, according to state figures.
Across the state, 13,928 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Wednesday. It was the highest number of hospitalizations in the state since January.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.58% on Wednesday.
Health officials said 304,330 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were 10 new probable COVID-19 case reported in Brazos County on Wednesday. To date, health officials have reported 4,412 total probable cases. Of those, 123 were considered active, and 4,289 were recovered. 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.
Eight days since the start of school, both the Bryan and College Station school districts have surpassed 100 active cases, according to each district’s daily online COVID-19 dashboard.
On Wednesday, the Bryan school district reported 109 active cases — 17 staff cases and 92 student cases. There were 44 cases in elementary and intermediate schools and 48 cases in middle and high schools.
Bryan schools opened the on Aug. 17 with 17 total cases consisting of 14 staff members and three students. As of Wednesday, the district had 3,115 staff members and 16,009 total enrolled students.
In the College Station school district, there were 154 active cases on Wednesday, with four listed as recovered. The 158 total cases reported in the district since Aug. 17 consist of 121 students and 37 staff members. There have been 71 cases on elementary and intermediate campuses and 50 at middle and high schools.
College Station began the school year on Aug. 17 with two staff cases. The district has approximately 2,100 employees and 14,300 students.
The DSHS reported 2,266 cases in Burleson County on Wednesday, an increase of eight from the day before. Of those, 141 were active; 49 Burleson County residents have died since the pandemic began, according to state figures.
Grimes County on Wednesday reported 4,022 cases, an increase of 15 from Tuesday, according to the DSHS website. There have been 74 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, and 315 cases were reported as active Wednesday.
According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,496 cases on Wednesday, five more than the day before. Officials said 156 cases were active; 46 deaths have been attributed to the virus in the county.
Madison County reported 1,891 cases on Wednesday, an increase of seven from Tuesday. Of those, 97 cases were active and 33 virus-related deaths have been reported, according to DSHS figures.
Milam County reported 1,797 cases on Wednesday, 16 more than the day before. Of those, 196 cases were active. Fifty-eight Milam County residents have died from the virus, according to the state.
In Robertson County, there were 2,044 cases on Wednesday, an increase of 12 from the day before; 131 cases were active. There have been 51 deaths attributed to the virus, state officials reported.
Washington County was reporting 3,942 cases on Wednesday, 11 more than the day before. Of those, 234 were active. State figures show 103 Washington County residents have died after contracting the virus.
On Wednesday, 18,826 new cases of COVID-19 and 233 virus-related deaths were reported in Texas.
There have been more than 2.94 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state.
State officials said 54,455 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Wednesday.