Brazos County health officials reported 204 new cases of COVID-19 and five virus-related deaths among county residents on Friday.
The number of active cases in the county on Friday matched the county’s all-time high of 1,858 on Jan. 17.
The latest Brazos County residents to die after contracting COVID-19 were a man in his 60s, a man in his 70s, a man in his 80s, a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 90s, health officials said. To date, 308 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
Health officials also reported Friday that the county has had four vaccine breakthrough deaths. As of Wednesday, this accounts for 0.004% of the 98,842 individuals who have been vaccinated in Brazos County. Health officials said they encourage everyone 12 and over to get vaccinated to prevent complications from COVID-19.
Health officials said 4,343 cases of the virus reported by health care systems and testing centers were awaiting confirmation Friday.
A Texas A&M University website said there were 1,474 active, self-reported cases of the virus among students, faculty members and staff as of Tuesday, the last date for which figures were posted.
Officials have confirmed 28,867 cases of COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 26,701 cases were considered recovered as of Friday health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.
Forty-nine Brazos County residents were hospitalized Friday 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 23.24% 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.
There were 135 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county Brazos Valley region on Friday, including 20 patients who had been admitted in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of State Health Services. Twenty-eight 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, 31 were available Friday, according to state figures.
Across the state, 12,475 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Friday.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 7.98% on Friday.
Health officials said 361,613 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were seven new probable COVID-19 cases reported in Brazos County on Friday. To date, health officials have reported 4,670 total probable cases.
The DSHS reported 2,445 cases in Burleson County on Friday, an increase of six cases from the day before. Of those, 194 were active 55 Burleson County residents have died since the pandemic began, according to state figures.
Grimes County on Friday reported 4,386 cases, 22 more than the number reported Thursday, according to the DSHS website. There have been 89 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, and 290 cases were reported as active Friday.
According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,708 cases on Friday, 12 more than the day before. Officials said 224 cases were active 55 deaths have been attributed to the virus in the county.
Madison County reported 2,025 cases on Friday, the same number as the day before. Of those, 98 cases were active and 40 virus-related deaths have been reported, according to DSHS figures.
Milam County reported 2,000 cases on Friday, seven more than the number reported Thursday. Of those, 215 cases were active. Sixty-seven Milam County residents have died from the virus, according to the state.
In Robertson County, there were 2,260 cases on Friday, 14 more than the number reported the prior day 195 cases were active. There have been 59 deaths attributed to the virus, state officials reported.
Washington County was reporting 4,347 cases on Friday, an increase of eight from the day before. Of those, 343 were active. State figures show 113 Washington County residents have died after contracting the virus.
On Friday, 13,929 new cases of COVID-19 and 377 virus-related deaths were reported in Texas.
The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the state was more than 3.26 million, according to state figures.
State officials said 60,357 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Friday.