Brazos County health officials reported three new deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday along with 152 new cases of the virus — the highest number of daily new cases reported since the pandemic began.
The previous record was 145 new cases reported June 17, according to health district data.
The latest deaths were two women in their 90 and a woman in her 70s; all three had been hospitalized for treatment of the virus, officials said. No other details about the women were released, per the Brazos County Health District’s policy on patient privacy.
To date, 140 Brazos County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to health department figures.
Sixty-one Brazos County residents were hospitalized Tuesday for treatment of symptoms related to the virus, officials said, the same number as the day before.
With Tuesday’s new cases, the county’s overall number of cases recorded since the pandemic began rises to 12,487. Of those, 1,147 cases were active on Tuesday, an increase of 76 from the day before. Officials said 11,200 cases are considered recovered.
Tuesday was the fifth straight day health officials have reported more than 100 new COVID-19 cases in Brazos County in a single day.
Bryan-College Station hospitals were at 89% capacity, and intensive care units were at 106% occupancy, according to the Brazos County Health District.
On Tuesday, state health officials said the COVID-19 hospitalization rate in Trauma Service Area N, which includes Brazos County and six surrounding counties, was 25.77%. That rate has been over 15% since Dec. 22.
There were 160 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region on Tuesday — five more than the day before — and no intensive care unit beds were available, according to the Department of State Health Services.
Of the 621 staffed hospital beds in the region, 63 were available Tuesday, according to state figures. Those figures include all patients, not just those hospitalized with COVID-19.
Brazos County’s positivity rate — the percent of positive cases to tests — was 9.43% on Tuesday. Health officials said 132,468 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were 17 new probable COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday. To date, health officials have reported 2,415 total probable cases. Of those, 304 were considered active, and 2,111 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.
Officials said 19% of the new cases reported Monday were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.
• The DSHS reports 824 cases in Burleson County. Of those, 79 are active. Fifteen people have died from the illness in the county, according to state figures.
• Grimes County reported 1,673 cases, according to the DSHS website. At least 556 of those cases are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There have been 44 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, at least 21 of whom were connected to the TDCJ. There are 139 active cases, state health officials said.
• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 582 cases. Officials said 107 cases are active. Twenty-five people have died.
• Madison County reported 982 cases, with 75 of those remaining active, according to DSHS figures. At least 539 of the cases reported in the county are connected to the TDCJ. Seventeen Madison County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.
• Milam County reported 910 cases, with 160 of those active, DSHS reported. Fourteen county residents have died.
• In Robertson County, there are 732 cases with 149 that are active. DSHS officials said 20 county residents have died.
• Washington County reports 1,216 cases. Of those, 202 were active. Sixty-one Washington County residents have died.
On Tuesday, 26,543 new cases were reported in Texas.
There have been more than 1.62 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Tuesday, there were 13,308 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. COVID-19 patients occupy 21% of total hospital beds in the state.
State officials said 28,219 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, 250 more than Monday.
According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 237 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday. There are now 19,798 total cases. Of those, 1,353 are active and 18,153 have recovered. There are 155 hospitalized and 292 who have died.