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Brazos County sees sharp drop in number of active COVID-19 cases

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Health officials reported 36 new cases Thursday, raising the county’s overall total number of cases to 7,404. The number of recovered cases increased by more than 100 over the past 24 hours, with 6,835 cases now considered recovered, compared to 6,728 recovered cases reported Wednesday.

Officials with the health department said 17% of the new cases reported Thursday were people ages 18 to 24.

There were 17 new probable COVID-19 cases reported Thursday. To date, health officials have reported 1,031 total probable cases. Of those, 192 were considered active, and 839 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.

Fifteen Brazos County residents who have tested positive for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus were hospitalized Thursday, health officials said.

Brazos County’s hospitals were 78% full on Thursday, with 79% of the intensive care unit beds occupied, according to health department data. Those numbers represent all patients, not just those being treated for COVID-19.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were 108 hospital beds available in the Brazos Valley Trauma Region as of Thursday afternoon. In the area — which includes Brazos, Washington, Leon, Madison, Grimes and Burleson counties — there were six intensive care unit beds available. Officials said the region had 58 ventilators available, with 45 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized, which is three more than Wednesday.

To date, 66 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for the virus. The latest deaths, a man and a woman in their 70s who had been hospitalized, were reported Wednesday.

Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percentage of positive cases to tests — was 8.6% on Thursday. Health care providers have performed 86,043 tests since the pandemic began, according to county figures.

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.

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Brazos Valley

• The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 432 cases in Burleson County on Thursday, an increase of 11. Of those, 69 are active. Six people have died from the illness, according to state figures.

• Grimes County was reporting 1,170 cases, according to the DSHS website, an increase of 18. 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 65 active cases, state health officials said.

• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 322 cases, an increase of three. Officials said 59 cases are active. Eleven people have died.

• Madison County had 741 total cases, with 10 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 three. Seven county residents have died from the virus. State officials said there are no active cases.

• In Robertson County, there are 403 cases — an increase of one — with 78 that are active. DSHS officials said four county residents have died.

• Washington County continued to report 692 total cases. Of those, 46 were active. Forty-eight Washington County residents have died.

Statewide

On Thursday, 5,997 new cases were reported in Texas. There have been 845,100 COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Thursday, there were 4,931 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. Those patients occupy 7.5% of hospital beds.

State officials said 17,286 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Thursday, 85 more than Wednesday.

According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 63 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday. There are now 9,695 total cases. Of those, 526 are active and 9,025 have recovered.

Officials said 43 people are hospitalized, and 36 of those cases are McLennan County residents. There have been 144 who have died.

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