COVID-19 cases in Washington County as reported by the state have taken a positive turn this week.
After jumping to 497 total positive cases at the beginning of the week after reporting 465 confirmed cases last Friday, the county has only reported one additional positive case since then. One new case was added Tuesday, with no new cases on Wednesday or Thursday.
As of Thursday afternoon, according to the Texas Department on State Health Services (DSHS), the county has 498 positive cases, 95 active cases, 365 recoveries, and 39 deaths.
One new fatality related to COVID-19 was reported by DSHS to have occurred August 1st. However, Thursday’s data also showed an increase of 25 recoveries.
According to DSHS, a cumulative total of 3,884 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the county.
In a press release issued this (Friday) morning by the Washington County Joint Information Center (JIC), County Judge John Durrenberger said local officials are seeing “a flattening of active COVID-19 case counts and more importantly of hospitalizations”. He said as the county reopens, the public needs to remain mindful of guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), so that schools and businesses can remain open.
Brenham Mayor Milton Tate said the community continues to do its part to slow the spread of the virus, but people must remain diligent and wear masks when they cannot socially distance. He said while the city is planning for the safe return of many activities, the health and safety of community members “must be a priority”.
The JIC said it continues to work with local public health officials and Washington County Health Authority Dr. William Loesch to monitor and collect local COVID-19 data to mitigate the impact of the virus in the county.
To see COVID-19 data for Washington County, visit www.dshs.texas.gov.