Brazos County confirms 16 recorded delta variant cases, emphasizes need for vaccine

BCHD: 80 percent or more of local cases are now likely due to the delta variant
Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 11:39 AM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - As cases and hospitalizations rise around the state and the county, the Brazos County Health District held a press conference on Thursday.

Dr. Seth Sullivan, the Brazos County Health Authority, said there have been 16 recorded cases of the delta variant in the county, but he expects that number is actually much higher. Determining whether a COVID-19 case is caused by the delta variant requires additional testing that is not widely conducted.

“I estimate that 80 percent or greater of the cases we’re seeing right now are due to the delta variant,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan also stressed that the vast majority of Brazos County residents who wind up hospitalized are unvaccinated, with only three breakthrough cases hospitalized to date.

So far, 52 percent of everyone eligible for the vaccine in Brazos County is fully vaccinated, according to Sullivan, but he emphasized the need for more of the community to get vaccinated.

Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best form of defense against getting seriously ill from the virus. To date, 109 vaccine breakthrough cases have been reported in Brazos County. According to Sullivan, 87 percent of all COVID-19 cases reported in July were from people who were unvaccinated.

As of Thursday, there have been a total of 24,506 COVID-19 cases reported in the county.

On Thursday, the health district reported 413 active cases and 31 Brazos County residents hospitalized for COVID-19. 65 people with COVID-19 are currently in Brazos Valley hospitals.

This week, Brazos County, and most of the Brazos Valley, are at the “high” transmission level, the highest of four ratings. A high transmission level means new CDC guidelines that say even vaccinated people should return to wearing masks indoors now apply to the county.

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