The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department received 169 positive COVID-19 test results. Of the 169 positives, 72 were PCR, and 97 were antigen. There are 14 people currently hospitalized in Brown County for COVID-19. One new death has been reported: a male in his 80's, not a resident of 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.
Brown County currently reports:
- People with at least one dose – 13354 (466 additional)
- People fully vaccinated – 11392 (122 additional)
- Percentage of people 12+ fully vaccinated – 34.63%
30,883 is the estimated number of Brown County residents eligible for vaccination.
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.
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.