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Brazos County reports 33 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday; active cases drop
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Brazos County reports 33 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday; active cases drop

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Brazos County health officials reported 33 new COVID-19 cases among county residents Tuesday as the number of active cases continued to decrease.

With Tuesday’s new cases, the county’s total number of cases recorded since the pandemic began rose to 22,606.

Of those, 350 cases were active Tuesday, a decrease of 29 from the day before and the lowest number of active cases since August.

Officials said 22,077 cases are considered recovered. Health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.

Nine Brazos County residents were hospitalized Tuesday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, officials said, which is three fewer than the day before.

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The percentage of patients with COVID-19 in the state’s Trauma Service Area N — Brazos County and six surrounding counties — was 4.48% on Tuesday. Other counties in the region are Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Madison, Washington and Leon.

There were 24 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region Tuesday, and seven intensive care unit beds were available, according to the Department of State Health Services.

Of the 536 staffed hospital beds in the region, 80 were available Tuesday, according to state figures.

Across the state, 2,508 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized for treatment.

Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.85% on Tuesday. Health officials said 255,338 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.

There were four new probable COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday. To date, health officials have reported 4,052 total probable cases. Of those, 36 were considered active, and 4,016 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 30% of the new cases reported Tuesday were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.

A Texas A&M University website said there were 14 active, self-reported cases of the virus among students, faculty members and staff as of Saturday, the last date for which figures were posted Tuesday.

To date, 249 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.

Across the state, 2,859 new cases of COVID-19 and 57 virus-related deaths were reported Tuesday.

Brazos Valley

• The DSHS reported 1,974 cases in Burleson County as of Tuesday. Of those, 43 are active. Forty-eight county residents have died from the illness, according to state figures.

• Grimes County is now reporting 3,349 cases, according to the DSHS website, an increase of 21 over the past week. There have been 70 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus. There are 98 active cases.

• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,275 cases. Officials said 18 cases are active. Forty-three people have died.

• Madison County is reporting 1,716 cases, with 19 of those remaining active, according to DSHS figures. Twenty-nine Madison County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.

• Milam County reports 1,442 cases, with nine of those active, DSHS reported. Forty-eight county residents have died.

• In Robertson County, there are 1,723 cases with 49 that are active. DSHS officials said 43 county residents have died.

• Washington County reports 3,323 cases. Of those, 83 were active. Ninety-three Washington County residents have died.

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