Brazos County health officials reported 91 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents on Friday as the region’s virus-related hospitalization rate continued to climb.
Health officials have confirmed 25,365 cases of COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Of those, 773 cases were active on Friday, five more than the day before.
The county reported 482 new cases for the week, a 65% increase over the 291 cases reported the prior week.
Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 24,325 cases were considered recovered on Friday; health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered.
Forty-five Brazos County residents were hospitalized Friday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, officials said, an increase of two from the day before.
The percentage of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in the state’s Trauma Service Area N — Brazos County and six surrounding counties — was 25.05% on Thursday, the most recent day reported by the state. Other counties in the Brazos Valley region are Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Madison, Washington and Leon counties.
There were 140 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county Brazos Valley region on Thursday, an increase of eight from the day before, and no intensive care unit beds were available for the second straight day, according to the Department of State Health Services.
Of the 559 staffed hospital beds in the region, 31 were available Friday, according to state figures.
Across the state, 11,261 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Friday. It was the highest number of hospitalizations in the state since January.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.6% on Friday.
Health officials said 294,788 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 4,300 total probable cases. Of those, 108 were considered active, and 4,192 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.
To date, 267 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
The DSHS reported 2,173 cases in Burleson County on Friday, nine more than the day before. Of those, 114 were active; 48 Burleson County residents have died since the pandemic began, according to state figures.
Grimes County on Friday was reporting 3,837 cases, 20 more than the day before, according to the DSHS website. There have been 74 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, and 231 cases were reported as active Friday.
According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 1,413 cases on Friday, 13 more than the day before. Officials said 115 cases were active; 44 deaths have been attributed to the virus in the county.
Madison County reported 1,830 cases on Friday, an increase of three from the day before. Of those, 92 cases were active and 31 virus-related deaths have been reported, according to DSHS figures.
Milam County reported 1,686 cases on Friday, seven more than the day before. Of those, 150 cases were active. Fifty-four Milam County residents have died from the virus, according to the state.
In Robertson County, there were 1,953 cases on Friday, five more than the day before; 75 cases were active. There have been 49 deaths attributed to the virus, state officials reported.
Washington County was reporting 3,801 cases on Friday, 17 more than the day before. Of those, 212 were active. One hundred Washington County residents have died after contracting the virus, state figures show.
On Friday, 10,593 new cases of COVID-19 and 144 virus-related deaths were reported in Texas.
There have been more than 2.78 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state.
State officials said 52,931 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Friday.