Brazos County surpassed its all-time high number of active COVID-19 cases on Thursday as health officials reported 395 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in Brazos County continued to rise amid a surge in omicron infections, climbing to 2,983 on Thursday. The county’s previous all-time high for active cases was 2,966 on Sept. 30. Brazos County reported 123 active cases of the virus on Nov. 5, which was the lowest number of active cases in 2021.
Health officials said 4,812 cases of the virus reported by health care systems and testing centers were awaiting confirmation Thursday.
Brazos County officials have confirmed 37,375 cases of COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began in March 2020.
A Texas A&M University website said the number of active, self-reported cases of the virus among students, faculty members and staff was 777 as of Monday, the last date for which figures were posted.
The university reported a positivity rate of 23.4% for the week that ended Saturday. The university’s spring semester starts Tuesday.
Officials with the Brazos County Health District said 34,024 cases were considered recovered as of Thursday.
Fifty-nine Brazos County residents were hospitalized Thursday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus.
The percentage of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in the state’s Trauma Service Area N — Brazos County and six surrounding counties — was 21.69% on Wednesday, the last date for which figures were reported. Other counties in the Brazos Valley region are Burleson, Robertson, Grimes, Madison, Washington and Leon.
There were 121 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county Brazos Valley region Thursday, with 18 new patients admitted in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of State Health Services.
Four COVID-19 patients were on ventilators in the region, and there were no intensive care unit beds available in the region. Of the 558 staffed hospital beds in the region, 36 were available Thursday, according to state figures.
Across the state, 11,653 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Thursday.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 8.1% on Thursday.
Health officials said 461,243 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were 101 new probable COVID-19 cases reported in Brazos County on Thursday. To date, health officials have reported 5,999 total probable cases.
To date, 368 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures. No virus-related deaths have been reported in Brazos County since Dec. 11.
On Thursday, 59,268 new cases of COVID-19 and 117 virus-related deaths were reported in Texas.
The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the state was more than 4.3 million, according to state figures.
State officials said 75,650 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Thursday.