There are 21 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Brazos County, health officials announced Sunday.
This brings the total number of cases to 626. Of those, 198 have recovered, which is the same total since Wednesday. There are 406 active cases, 21 more since Saturday.
Officials said 11 people are hospitalized, an increase of four since the day before. To date, 22 Brazos County residents have died after being treated for the coronavirus.
There have been 8,865 tests performed in Brazos County, the same number as Saturday.
Brazos County has reported 143 cases in the past seven days, almost 100 more cases than the previous week, when 45 cases were reported. In the past four days, 109 cases have been reported in Brazos County, according to daily numbers. Brazos County has reported 10-plus cases for six consecutive days.
Brazos County Alternate Health Authority Dr. Seth Sullivan said in an interview Friday he expects the trend of double digit new daily cases in Brazos County to continue.
“I hope it doesn’t [continue], but we have to look at what’s going on,” Sullivan said. “We’re opening up. I’m concerned that folks feel like we’re done with this and we’re through it.”
In the interview, Sullivan said he’s concerned this spike in cases is related to community transmission and recent large indoor gatherings.
“When we bring in a lot of different folks from different areas into one gathering inside, indoors, and we’re not socially distancing, that’s a really good way to transmit the virus,” Sullivan said. “All of those things we come together and like to do, those are still at risk and those can develop clusters. It only takes one person within tight closed quarters to — especially somebody who’s not wearing a mask — to spread the virus within that gathering.”
The health district will have its next news conference to provide updates on COVID-19 at 4:30 p.m. today. The news conference can be seen at theeagle.com or on our Facebook page.
Robertson County and Grimes County reported additional COVID-19 cases, according to the Texas Department of Health Services.
Grimes County showed an increase of four, bringing the total number of cases there to 241. At least 184 cases there are connected to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, county officials said. The DSHS reports there are 16 recoveries and one death, an inmate at the Wallace Pack Unit.
According to the DSHS, there is one additional case in Robertson County, bringing the total to 16. Seven people have recovered.
Burleson County continues to report 32 cases with eight recoveries, and Leon County reports 11 cases with four recoveries. In Madison County, there are 10 cases with seven people who have recovered.
Milam County continues to report 35 cases, the DSHS said. One person has died there and 28 have recovered.
Washington County officials continue to report 210 cases, 111 of which are connected to the Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. There have been 97 people recover in Washington County, with 27 deaths. Six are in the hospital, county officials said.
The DSHS reports there are now 74,978 people who have tested positive for coronavirus as of Sunday, an increase of 1,425 over Saturday. An estimated 49,758 have recovered. Eleven additional people died as of Sunday, for a total of 1,830.
There have been 1,100,446 virus tests administered and 118,509 antibody tests, officials said. There are 1,878 people in the hospital.
Harris County continues to report the most cases in the state with 14,423. There have been 259 people who have died there.
Moore County, in the Texas Panhandle, has the most cases per capita, with 39.08 cases per 1,000 people. Fourteen people have died there and 852 have tested positive.