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Active COVID-19 cases near 1,000 in Brazos County; 73 new cases reported Sunday
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Active COVID-19 cases near 1,000 in Brazos County; 73 new cases reported Sunday

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Brazos County reached nearly 1,000 on Sunday as health officials across the country urged people to remain vigilant against the spread of the virus with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching.

The Brazos County Health District reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The number of active cases among county residents was 999.

The county’s highest number of active cases was recorded July 8 at 1,327. Since Nov. 1, the number of active cases in Brazos County has more than doubled.

The county has recorded 9,105 cases of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus since the pandemic began in March. Of those cases, 8,022 were considered recovered on Sunday, according to health department data.

To date, 84 Brazos County residents have died after contracting the virus.

Of the new cases reported Sunday, 58% were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old college-age demographic, officials said.

Texas A&M University reported 415 new cases of COVID-19 among students, staff and faculty members for the week that ended Saturday. The university has confirmed 3,362 virus cases among the campus community since testing began in August.

As of Thursday, the last date for which figures were posted on a university website, the campus had 350 self-reported, active cases among students, staff and faculty. The number of cases on campus peaked at 413 on Nov. 13 after climbing from 136 on Nov. 2, according to the university figures.

The university’s positivity rate — the percentage of positive cases to tests — was 6.5% for the week and 7.5% overall, with nearly 45,000 tests performed.

Brazos County’s positivity rate was 9.31% on Sunday. Health officials said 97,825 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.

The county’s infection rate — the number of cases per 1,000 residents — was 38.99 on Sunday. The statewide average was 36.87 cases per 1,000 residents.

There were eight new probable COVID-19 cases reported Sunday. To date, health officials have reported 1,471 total probable cases. Of those, 220 were considered active, and 1,251 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.

Thirty-six people were being treated for symptoms of the illness in Brazos County hospitals Sunday morning, health officials said.

Brazos County hospitals were at 80% capacity, and intensive care units were 79% full, according to the health department. Those numbers include all patients, not just those being treated for COVID-19.

In the Brazos Valley Trauma Region — which includes Brazos, Washington, Leon, Madison, Grimes and Burleson counties — there was a single intensive care bed available as of Sunday afternoon, state officials said. There were 81 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the region, an increase of 11 since Friday.

According to state officials, COVID-19 patients are using 14.6% of the region’s hospital capacity.

Across the state on Sunday, 8,554 new COVID-19 cases and 89 virus-related deaths were reported. The state has recorded more than 1 million cases and more than 20,000 deaths related to the virus since the pandemic began.

An estimated 162,393 cases remained active in the state Sunday, according to state health figures.

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