Daily Update: On January 11, 2021, the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department received 60 positive COVID-19 test results, 150 negative, 85 recoveries, and 10 deaths. Of the 60 positives, 26 were PCR, and 34 were antigen. There are currently 22 hospitalized in Brown County.
The 10 deaths recorded are the following:
- 2 Males 70s from a nursing home
- 1 Male 80s from a nursing home
- 1 Female 50s not from a nursing home
- 1 Female 70s not from a nursing home
- 2 Females 80s not from a nursing home
- 2 Females 80s from a nursing home
- 1 Female 90s from a nursing home
COVID-19 Vaccinations: Brown County currently shows 706 people vaccinated with 1st dose,14 people vaccinated with both doses. 31,586 is the estimated population eligible for vaccination.
Brown County currently shows 687 people vaccinated with 1st dose, 5 people vaccinated with both doses. 31,586 is the estimated population eligible for vaccination.
COVID-19 Vaccine Contact Form:
Please visit: http://bit.ly/3oplKFC to enter your contact information in order to be notified when COVID-19 vaccines are available. This form will serve as a contact list to be used by the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department when there are vaccines available for qualifying groups. The Health Department may share this list with local providers who have vaccines in order to expedite vaccine distribution.
Weekly Case Count Update:
Brown County ended last week (1/8/2021) with an addition of 297 new cases from the previous week.
Upcoming Free Mobile COVID-19 Test Dates:
Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) COVID-19 mobile testing team will continue January 11th-15th in Brownwood from 10 am to 4 pm at Gordon Wood Stadium located at 3206 Milam Drive.
Ratio of the total number of patients diagnosed to the total population of Brown County.
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.
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 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 www.brownwoodtexas.gov/health as an online portal with up to date information regarding the confirmed COVID-19 cases, and additional preventative measures.