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Brazos County reports 34 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

Brazos County reports 34 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

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Brazos County’s active COVID-19 cases ticked up slightly Saturday, but they remained down more than 150 cases from a week ago.

According to Brazos County health officials, 34 new cases were confirmed Saturday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 7,464. There are 488 active cases, up seven from Friday but down 152 from the 640 active cases reported seven days ago.

Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 6,910 people had recovered from the illness caused by the novel coronavirus as of Saturday, an increase of 27 from the day before.

Officials said 56% of the new cases reported Saturday were among people ages 18 to 24.

There were five new probable COVID-19 cases reported Saturday. To date, health officials have reported 1,036 total probable cases. Of those, 152 were considered active, and 884 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 8.62% on Saturday.

Health officials said 86,584 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.

Sixteen Brazos County residents who have tested positive for the virus were hospitalized as of Saturday, a decrease of one from Friday. Brazos County’s total hospital bed occupancy was at 71%, and intensive care units were at 71% capacity on Saturday, 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 101 hospital beds available in the Brazos Valley Trauma Region as of Saturday afternoon. In the area — which includes Brazos, Washington, Leon, Madison, Grimes and Burleson counties — there were nine intensive care unit beds available. Officials said the region had 52 ventilators available, with 51 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized, which is four more than Friday.

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

Free testing will be available at the Brazos Center from Tuesday through

Oct. 29 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.

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.


Brazos Valley

• The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 457 cases in Burleson County on Saturday, an increase of 16. Of those, 85 are active. Six people have died from the illness, according to state figures.

• Grimes County was reporting 1,174 cases, according to the DSHS website, an increase of three. At least 494 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 59 active cases, state health officials said.

• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 336 cases, an increase of four. Officials said 51 cases are active. Eleven people have died.

• Madison County had 753 total cases, with eight 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 542 overall cases in Milam County, an increase of two. Seven county residents have died from the virus. State officials said there are no active cases.

• In Robertson County, there are 417 cases — an increase of three — with 65 that are active. DSHS officials said four county residents have died.

• Washington County reports 694 total cases. Of those, 32 were active. Forty-eight Washington County residents have died.


Statewide

On Saturday, 6,125 new cases were reported in Texas. There have been 858,071 COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Saturday, there were 4,995 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. Those patients occupy 7.5% of hospital beds.

State officials said 17,456 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Saturday, 81 more than Friday.

According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 74 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday. There are now 9,846 total cases. Of those, 543 are active and 9,156 have recovered.

Officials said 38 people are hospitalized, and 30 of those cases are McLennan County residents. There have been 147 who have died.

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