Brownwood / Brown County COVID-19 Centralized Information Center

COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS 

The Brownwood-Brown County Health Department has opened eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to all youth ages 5 years old and older, and adults age 18 years old or older. Vaccinations are available by appointment at the Health Department.  Walk-ins are also accepted, though wait times vary.

To schedule a vaccination appointment, please call 325-646-0554. Health Department staff will be answering the phones from 8:15 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 5 p.m.

Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tsts are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.  If you need a COVID-⁠19 test now, please see other testing resources for free testing locations in your area.  Order Free At-Home Tests via (https://www.covidtests.gov)

Weekly Update:
In the last seven days, the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department received 1,108 positive COVID-19 test results. Of the 1,108 positives this week, 318 were PCR, and 790 were antigen. Of the total number of cases reported this week, 261 cases met the breakthrough definition. This includes asymptomatic, mild symptoms, and severe symptom breakthrough cases.  There are 15 people currently hospitalized in Brown County for COVID-19.  Seven new deaths have been reported this week: two males in their 60s, one male in his 70s, one female in her 80s, one female in her 90s from a nursing facility, and two males in their 90s.

The Brownwood-Brown County Health Department is offering COVID testing at their clinic located at 510 E. Lee Street. Testing is by appointment only. If you need to be tested for COVID, please do not walk into the clinic. Testing will be conducted at your vehicle in the parking lot. To make an appointment for a COVID test, call: 325-430-7603 or 325-643-3793

Due to the increased demand for testing, it may take a day or two to schedule an appointment with the Health Department. Other testing options are your local primary care physician, urgent care clinics, and pharmacies. Please be patient with us as we attempt to serve the high volume of calls and requests for service at this time.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for Brown County:

  • People with at least one dose – 17,303 
  • People fully vaccinated –  15,384
  • Boosters administered – 4,950
  • Percentage of people 5+ fully vaccinated – 42.61%

The Brownwood-Brown County Health Department is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to all youth ages 5 years or older and adults age 18 years old or older. Vaccination boosters are also available. Vaccinations are available by appointment at the Health Department. Please call 325-646-0554 to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.


Brown County Health Department Update January 21, 2022
January 21 Chart

Please note we will not be reporting pending case counts. With an increase in the use of rapid tests (antigen) results are almost immediate which does not require a “pending” category. When results are near-instant, cases received are often more than the previous pending count, often causing confusion from readers. The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department is also not notified of all testing being done, which does not allow an accurate count of the true pending cases.

Prevalence Rate 
Ratio of the total number of patients diagnosed to the total population of Brown County. 

PCR Tests 

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are a molecular diagnostic testing technique that detects the genetic material from the virus and can help diagnose an active COVID-19 infection. Testing samples are collected from the nasal cavity using swabs.

Antigen Tests 
These diagnostic tests quickly detect fragments of proteins found on or within the virus by testing samples collected from the nasal cavity using swabs. Antigen tests are very specific for the virus but are not as sensitive as molecular PCR tests. This means that positive results from antigen tests are highly accurate, but there is a higher chance of false negatives, so negative results do not rule out infection. With this in mind, negative results from an antigen test may need to be confirmed with a PCR test prior to making treatment decisions or to prevent the possible spread of the virus due to a false negative. The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department provides contact tracing and support services for antigen positive cases.

Antibody Tests 
Antibody tests look for the presence of antibodies, which are proteins made in response to infections. Antibodies are detected in the blood of people who are tested after infection; they show the body’s efforts to fight off a specific infection.

The City of Brownwood is closely monitoring the national outbreak of the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. The City is working with our public health partners at Brownwood/ Brown County Health Department, The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the city has best practices in place for the general public.

Brownwood Health Department Update

On August 11, 2020, the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department received 6 positive COVID-19 test results, 6 negatives, 13 recoveries, and 1 death.

There are currently 95 active cases, of which 4 are hospitalized. The new positives include 4 PCR tests and 2 antigen test. The total positive PCR tests for Brown County is 402.  The total positive antigen/antibody test is now 87.

Please note we will not be reporting pending case counts. With an increase in the use of rapid tests (antigen) results are almost immediate which does not require a “pending” category. When results are near-instant, cases received are often more than the previous pending count, often causing confusion from readers. The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department is also not notified of all testing being done, which does not allow an accurate count of the true pending cases.

The current totals for COVID-19 testing in Brown County are below:

     3442    Tested
     2938     Negative
        489     Positive Cases (PCR Tests)
           87     Positive Antigen/Antibody
           13     Recovered
           95     Active Cases
           25     Deaths

Updated 8/11/2020 at 5:00 pm
Results are updated Monday-Friday at www.brownwoodtexas.gov/health

Brownwood COVID-19 Hotlines:

325.642.2635 

Calls are taken Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. A health department employee will answer questions and may perform a health screening over the phone. Should you need higher level of care, they will direct you. The purpose of phone screenings is to reduce the congestion in our medical facilities and allow social distancing. Please be patient if you are not directly connected, we will answer calls in the order they are received. If you are planning on going to a physician, please call before arrival.  


Center for Life Resources:

Center for Life Resources is offering free mental health support. Interested individuals call at 325-646-5939, email at ccp@cflr, or CLICK HERE to have a COVID-19 Mental Health Responder contact you.

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The Brownwood / Brown County Health Department is proactively asking residents to visit Texas Department of State Health (DSHS) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites for the most current information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19).

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:


  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
      • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
      • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
      • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
      • For more information about the proper use of face coverings, please visit the CDC's website.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

    For more information on Coronavirus Disease 2019, including prevention tips, symptoms, and frequently asked questions, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/