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Brazos County reports 23 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday
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Brazos County reports 23 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday

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The Brazos County Health District reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents on Wednesday.

The new cases bring the total number of confirmed positive tests in the county to 7,587 since the pandemic began. Of those, 506 cases remained active on Wednesday, and 7,015 cases were considered recovered.

Officials said 43% of the new cases reported Wednesday were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.

There were four new probable COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday. To date, health officials have reported 1,060 total probable cases. Of those, 130 were considered active, and 929 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.

Brazos County’s total positivity rate — the percentage of positive cases to viral tests — was 8.58% on Wednesday.

Health officials said 88,388 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.

Eighteen Brazos County residents who have tested positive for the virus were hospitalized as of Wednesday. Brazos County’s total hospital bed occupancy was at 79%, and intensive care units were at 79% capacity on Wednesday, health officials said. Those numbers include all patients, not just those with COVID-19.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were 94 hospital beds available in the Brazos Valley Trauma Region as of Wednesday afternoon. In the area — which includes Brazos, Washington, Leon, Madison, Grimes and Burleson counties — there were two intensive care unit beds available. Officials said the region had 59 ventilators available, with 54 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized, which is two more than Tuesday.

To date, 66 Brazos County residents have died after being treated for COVID-19.

Free testing for COVID-19 will be available at the Brazos Center in Bryan through today and from Nov. 9-11. Testing will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for Nov. 10, when testing will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

People can register one day in advance at https://texas.curative.com. Testing is available for anyone over the age of 5, and you do not have to have symptoms to get tested. No appointment is needed, and you don’t have to get out of your vehicle.

Testing will also be available at the Pridgeon Center in Franklin from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through today.

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Brazos Valley

• The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 467 cases in Burleson County on Wednesday, an increase of three. Of those, 86 are active. Six people have died from the illness, according to state figures.

• Grimes County was reporting 1,187 cases, according to the DSHS website, an increase of two. At least 517 of those cases are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There have been 35 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, at least 21 of whom were connected to the TDCJ. There are 73 active cases, state health officials said.

• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported four additional cases, bringing the total there to 354. Officials said 74 cases are active. Twelve people have died.

• Madison County continues to report 759 total cases, with 25 of those remaining active, according to DSHS figures. At least 539 of the cases reported in the county are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Six Madison County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.

• The DSHS reported 548 overall cases in Milam County, an increase of one. Eight county residents have died from the virus. State officials said there are no active cases.

• In Robertson County, there are 427 cases — an increase of two — with 62 that are active. DSHS officials said four county residents have died.

• Washington County continues to report 702 total cases. Of those, 42 were active. Forty-nine Washington County residents have died.

Statewide

On Wednesday, 5,175 new cases were reported in Texas. There have been 879,994 COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Wednesday, there were 5,650 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. Those patients occupy 8.6% of hospital beds.

State officials said 17,700 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, 105 more than Tuesday.

According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 63 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday. There are now 10,077 total cases. Of those, 531 are active and 9,392 have recovered.

Officials said 42 people are hospitalized, and 28 of those cases are McLennan County residents. There have been 154 who have died; three deaths were reported Wednesday.

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