Brazos County health officials reported four new virus-related deaths and 245 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents on Tuesday.
The latest deaths were a man in his 40s, a woman in her 40s, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 70s. No other details about the people were released, per the Brazos County Health District’s policy on patient privacy.
To date, 293 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
Health officials said 2,632 cases of the virus reported by health care systems and testing centers were awaiting confirmation Tuesday.
The number of new cases reported Tuesday — 245 — was the highest in a single day since the start of the pandemic. Health District officials did not report new cases over the holiday weekend.
There were 143 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county Brazos Valley region on Tuesday, including 13 patients who had been admitted in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of State Health Services. No intensive care unit beds were available in the region. Of the 564 staffed hospital beds in the region, 35 were available Tuesday, according to state figures.
Across the state, 13,499 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Tuesday.
A Texas A&M University website said there were 1,226 active, self-reported cases of the virus among students, faculty members and staff as of Saturday, the last date for which figures were posted.
The university said 1,124 positive cases were reported in the week that ended Saturday from testing centers on campus.
County health officials have confirmed 27,254 cases of COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Of those, 1,287 cases were active on Tuesday.
Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 25,674 cases were considered recovered as of Tuesday; health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.
Fifty-seven 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 25.91% on Thursday, the last day for which figures were reported by the state. Other counties in the Brazos Valley region are Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Madison, Washington and Leon.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.07% on Tuesday.
Health officials said 337,535 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were nine new probable COVID-19 cases reported in Brazos County on Friday. To date, health officials have reported 4,599 total probable cases.
The DSHS reported 2,371 cases in Burleson County on Tuesday, an increase of eight cases from the day before. Of those, 187 were active; 51 Burleson County residents have died since the pandemic began, according to state figures.
Grimes County on Friday reported 4,231 cases, according to the DSHS website, 16 more than the number reported Sunday. There have been 79 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, and 308 cases were reported as active Tuesday.
According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,633 cases on Tuesday, 16 more than the day before. Officials said 246 cases were active; 50 deaths have been attributed to the virus in the county.
Madison County reported 1,985 cases on Tuesday, three more than the prior day. Of those, 149 cases were active and 35 virus-related deaths have been reported, according to DSHS figures.
Milam County reported 1,866 cases on Tuesday, the same number as the day before. Of those, 227 cases were active. Sixty-three Milam County residents have died from the virus, according to the state.
In Robertson County, there were 2,176 cases on Tuesday, 21 more than the day before; 197 cases were active. There have been 52 deaths attributed to the virus, state officials reported.
Washington County was reporting 4,186 cases on Tuesday, an increase of 21 from the day before. Of those, 347 were active. State figures show 105 Washington County residents have died after contracting the virus.
On Tuesday, 5,964 new cases of COVID-19 and 128 virus-related deaths were reported in Texas.
The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the state was more than 3.1 million, according to state figures.
State officials said 57,238 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Tuesday.