COVID-19 update

Brazos County Alternate Health Authority Dr. Seth Sullivan removes his mask at the start of a press conference at the Brazos County Health District on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Brazos County health officials announced Saturday there were 40 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the overall number to 605.

Of those, 198 have recovered, which is the same total since Wednesday. There are 385 active cases, 40 more than Friday. There are seven Brazos County residents hospitalized, one less than Friday’s total. To date, 22 Brazos County residents have died after being treated for the coronavirus.

Officials said there have been 8,865 people tested in Brazos County, which is 21 more than Friday’s total.

This is the second-highest single-day number of COVID-19 cases reported in Brazos County since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Brazos County has reported 10-plus cases for five consecutive days. Brazos County Alternate Health Authority Dr. Seth Sullivan said 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.”

Over the past seven days, there have been 128 cases reported in Brazos County. In the week prior, there were 41 cases reported.

In an interview Friday, 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. Monday. The news conference can be seen at theeagle.com or on our Facebook page.

Brazos Valley

Burleson County is reporting three new cases, bringing the total there to 32. Eight people have recovered.

Washington County officials are reporting three additional cases. There are now 210 cases there, 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.

According to the Department of State Health Services, there are 11 additional cases in Grimes County, bringing the total there to 237. 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.

Madison County also reported a new case on Saturday, bring the total there to 10. Seven people have recovered, the DSHS reports.

According to Milam County officials, there are three additional cases there, making a total of 35. One person is hospitalized, and 28 have recovered. One person has died, officials said. In Leon County, there are 11 cases, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Four people have recovered there.

In Robertson County, there were 15 cases, county officials said. Seven people have recovered.

Statewide

In Texas, 73,553 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, an increase of 1,940 over Friday. Officials say 11,215 have tested positive in the state over the past week. There are 48,895 people who have recovered. According to the DSHS, there are 1,819 people who have died, an increase of 31 over the previous day. There are 1,822 people hospitalized.

Harris County has the highest number of people infected, with 13,940. There have been 253 deaths there. Moore County, in the Texas Panhandle, has the highest number per capita, with 39.08 per 1,000 people. There are 852 cases there. Fourteen have died.

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Amy Day

Dr. Sullivan deserves special recognition for his great service to Brazos county. His wife is a very lucky woman.

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