Brazos County’s active COVID-19 caseload dropped below 2,000 for the first time in nearly a month on Tuesday, as health officials reported 26 new cases of the virus among county residents.
It was the lowest number of new cases reported in a single day in the county since July 22.
The number of active cases in the county decreased to 1,734, marking the first time the county’s number of active cases has been below 2,000 since Sept. 20. Health officials said 1,242 cases of the virus reported by health care systems and testing centers were awaiting confirmation Tuesday.
Brazos County officials have confirmed 32,640 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 100 as of Saturday, 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 30,556 cases were considered recovered as of Tuesday; health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.
Twenty-two Brazos County residents were hospitalized Tuesday 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 10% on Monday, the last date for which figures were reported. Other counties in the Brazos Valley region are Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Madison, Washington and Leon.
There were 57 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county Brazos Valley region Tuesday, including nine patients who had been admitted in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of State Health Services. Twelve COVID-19 patients were on ventilators in the region, and there were no intensive care unit beds available in the region. Of the 581 staffed hospital beds in the region, 69 were available Tuesday, according to state figures.
Across the state, 6,197 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Tuesday.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.38% on Tuesday.
Health officials said 389,683 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were 12 new probable COVID-19 cases reported in Brazos County on Tuesday. To date, health officials have reported 5,487 total probable cases.
To date, 350 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
The DSHS reported 2,580 cases in Burleson County on Tuesday, seven more than the day before. Of those, 135 were active; 59 Burleson County residents have died since the pandemic began, according to state figures.
Grimes County on Tuesday reported 4,552 cases, according to the DSHS website. There have been 99 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, and 109 cases were reported as active Tuesday.
According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,815 cases on Tuesday, an increase of two from the day before. Officials said 92 cases were active; 62 deaths have been attributed to the virus in the county.
Madison County reported 2,088 cases on Tuesday, three more than the day before. Of those, 46 cases were active and 43 virus-related deaths have been reported, according to DSHS figures.
Milam County reported 2,049 cases on Tuesday, the same number as 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 2,350 cases on Tuesday, five more than the prior day; 93 cases were active. There have been 62 deaths attributed to the virus, state officials reported.
Washington County was reporting 4,626 cases on Tuesday, nine more than the day before. Of those, 181 were active. State figures show 123 Washington County residents have died after contracting the virus.
On Tuesday, 7,295 new cases of COVID-19 and 233 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 66,700 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Tuesday.