Brazos County health officials reported 20 new COVID-19 cases and two virus-related deaths among county residents on Tuesday as the number of active cases continued to decrease.
The latest deaths were a man in his 60s and a man in his 70s. Both were hospitalized. To date, 249 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
With Tuesday’s new cases, the county’s total number of cases recorded since the pandemic began rose to 22,409.
Of those, 367 cases were active Tuesday, an decrease of 16 from the day before. Officials said 21,793 cases are considered recovered. Health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.
Twelve Brazos County residents were hospitalized Tuesday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, officials said, which is five fewer than the day before.
The percentage of patients with COVID-19 in the state’s Trauma Service Area N — Brazos County and six surrounding counties — was 6.35% on Tuesday. Other counties in the region are Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Madison, Washington and Leon counties.
There were 36 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region Tuesday, and nine intensive care unit beds were available, according to the Department of State Health Services.
Of the 567 staffed hospital beds in the region, 107 were available Tuesday, according to state figures.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.11% on Tuesday. Health officials said 251,209 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 Tuesday. To date, health officials have reported 4,036 total probable cases. Of those, 62 were considered active, and 3,974 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.
Officials said 15% of the new cases reported Tuesday were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.
• The DSHS reported 1,960 cases in Burleson County as of Tuesday. Of those, 40 are active. Forty-six people have died from the illness in the county, according to state figures.
• Grimes County is now reporting 3,328 cases, according to the DSHS website, five more than the previous day. At least 556 of those cases are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There have been 69 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, at least 21 of whom were connected to the TDCJ. There are 104 active cases.
• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,271 cases. Officials said 18 cases are active. Forty-three people have died.
• Madison County is reporting 1,714 cases, with 24 of those remaining active, according to DSHS figures. At least 539 of the cases reported in the county are connected to the TDCJ. Twenty-nine Madison County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.
• Milam County reports 1,436 cases, with six of those active, DSHS reported. Forty-eight county residents have died.
• In Robertson County, there are 1,703 cases with 40 that are active. DSHS officials said 41 county residents have died.
• Washington County reports 3,296 cases. Of those, 95 were active. Ninety-three Washington County residents have died.
On Tuesday, 3,217 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Texas.
There have been more than 2.47 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state.
State officials said 49,362 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, 53 more than Monday.
According to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, 29 new cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the total there to 27,072. Of those, 179 are active cases and 26,439 have recovered. There are 20 people hospitalized, and 454 have died.