Brazos County health officials reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents on Friday.
With Friday’s new cases, the county’s overall number of cases recorded since the pandemic began rose to 22,344.
Of those, 433 cases were active Friday, a decrease of 68 from the day before. Officials said 21,664 cases are considered recovered. Health department officials consider all cases older than two weeks to be recovered. On April 23, there were 574 active cases in the county, marking a 24.56% decrease.
For the five-day period of April 19-23, there were 222 new cases, while the past five days had 211 cases. This marks a 4.95% decrease in new cases week over week.
Eighteen Brazos County residents were hospitalized Friday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, officials said, which is four more than the day before.
The percentage of hospitalized patients in the state’s Trauma Service Area N with COVID-19 on Friday was 5.93%. Other counties in that region are Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Madison, Washington and Leon counties.
There were 34 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region Friday, two more than the previous day, and 10 intensive care unit beds were available, according to the Department of State Health Services.
Of the 573 staffed hospital beds in the region, 68 were available Friday, according to state figures.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.17% on Friday.
Health officials said 248,799 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were 11 new probable COVID-19 cases reported Friday. To date, health officials have reported 4,031 total probable cases. Of those, 63 were considered active, and 3,968 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 11% of the new cases reported Friday were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.
To date, 247 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
• The DSHS reported 1,953 cases in Burleson County as of Friday, the same as the previous day. 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 3,300 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 78 active cases.
• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,270 cases, one more than the previous day. Officials said 20 cases are active. Forty-three people have died.
• Madison County is reporting 1,705 cases, with 15 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 1,434 cases, with nine of those active, DSHS reported. Forty-eight county residents have died.
• In Robertson County, there are 1,696 cases — an increase of three — with 42 that are active. DSHS officials said 40 county residents have died.
• Washington County reports 3,281 cases, an increase of four. Of those, 86 were active. Ninety-two Washington County residents have died.
On Friday, 2,500 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 49,217 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Friday, 59 more than Thursday.
According to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, 40 new cases were reported Friday, bringing the total there to 26,984. Of those, 166 are active cases and 26,364 have recovered. There are 19 people hospitalized, and 454 have died.