Three more Brazos County residents have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the county’s total number of deaths related to the virus to 151, health officials said Thursday.
The latest deaths were a man in his 50s, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 70s. All three had been hospitalized for treatment after testing positive for the virus, according to the Brazos County Health District. No other details were released, per the department’s policy on patient privacy.
The county reported 116 new cases of the virus on Thursday. To date the county has reported 13,708 cases since the pandemic began. Of those, 1,685 remained active on Thursday, which was another record high, and 11,872 were considered recovered.
Sixty-four Brazos County residents were hospitalized for treatment related to the virus on Thursday, five fewer than the day before, according to the Health District.
Bryan-College Station hospitals were at 90% capacity, and intensive care units were at 127% occupancy, according to the Brazos County Health District.
On Thursday, state health officials reported the COVID-19 hospitalization rate in Trauma Service Area N, which includes Brazos County and six surrounding counties, was 25.2%. The hospitalization rate has been over 15% since Dec. 22.
There were 161 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the seven-county region on Thursday — three fewer than the day before — and two intensive care unit beds were available, according to the Department of State Health Services.
Of the 639 staffed hospital beds in the region, 76 were available Thursday, 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 9.79% Thursday. Health officials said 139,964 tests for COVID-19 had been administered by Brazos County health care providers since the pandemic began.
There were 70 new probable COVID-19 cases reported Thursday. To date, health officials have reported 2,699 total probable cases. Of those, 314 were considered active, and 2,385 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 15% of the new cases reported Thursday were among people in the 18- to 24-year-old age group.
• The DSHS reports 891 cases in Burleson County, 10 more than the previous day. Of those, 131 are active. Twenty-one people have died from the illness in the county, according to state figures.
• Grimes County reported 1,753 cases, according to the DSHS website, an increase of 13. At least 556 of those cases are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. There have been 51 Grimes County residents who have died from the virus, at least 21 of whom were connected to the TDCJ. There are 161 active cases, state health officials said.
• According to the DSHS, Leon County reported 637 cases, 18 more than the previous day. Officials said 121 cases are active. Twenty-eight people have died.
• Madison County reports 997 cases — an increase of seven — with 56 of those remaining active, according to DSHS figures. At least 539 of the cases reported in the county are connected to the TDCJ. Eighteen Madison County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.
• Milam County continues to report 936 cases, with 153 of those active, DSHS reported. Eighteen county residents have died.
• In Robertson County, there are 777 cases — an increase of five — with 154 that are active. DSHS officials said 23 county residents have died.
• Washington County reports 1,268 cases, an increase of four. Of those, 160 were active. Sixty-nine Washington County residents have died.
On Thursday, 20,047 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Texas.
There have been more than 1.79 million COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. On Thursday, there were 14,052 people in the hospital for coronavirus statewide. COVID-19 patients occupy 20.7% of total hospital beds in the state.
State officials said 31,050 Texans have died of COVID-19 as of Thursday, 426 more than Wednesday.
According to Waco-McLennan County Public Health officials, 191 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday. There are now 21,598 total cases. Of those, 1,258 are active and 20,022 have recovered. There are 178 hospitalized and 318 who have died.