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Posted on: August 20, 2021

Brownwood/Brown County Health Department Update

Brownwood Health Department Update

Weekly Update:
The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department received 186 positive COVID-19 test results. Of the 186 positives, 89 were PCR, and 97 were antigen.  There are 13 people currently hospitalized in Brown County for COVID-19. Six new deaths have been reported: one female in her 70s, one male in his 50s, one male in his 70s, one male in his 80s, one female in her 80s from a nursing facility, and one female in her 90s from a nursing facility. 

Note: Hendrick is operating the screening clinic again and offering no cost testing. Individuals should text “covidhelp” to 325-216-4824 to utilize this service.

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

Brown County currently reports:

  • People with at least one dose – 13601 (247 additional)
  • People fully vaccinated –  11513 (121 additional)
  • Percentage of people 12+ fully vaccinated – 35.00%

30,883 is the estimated number of Brown County residents eligible for vaccination. The Brownwood-Brown County Health Department is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all youth ages 12 years or older and adults age 18 years old or older. 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 August 20, 2021

August 20 chart

The last several weeks Health Department employees have been working to verify COVID data for completeness  and accuracy.  It was determined that some cases were out of our jurisdiction and others had duplicity test types.  Corrections have been made to the data reported and quality assurance efforts will continue to assure accurate reporting of data.  

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.

Brown County Health Department has set up two hotline numbers for questions about COVID-19. The numbers are 325.642.2635 or 325.430.5933. Calls are taken 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.

The City of Brownwood, Brownwood/Brown County Health Department, Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Texas Department of State and Health Services, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are closely working together to provide the community with the best health practices.

The City of Brownwood has set up as an online portal with up to date information regarding the confirmed COVID-19 cases, and additional preventative measures.

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