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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Brownwood/Brown County Health Department Update

Brownwood Health Department Update

Daily Update:
On January 13, 2021, the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department received 48 positive COVID-19 test results, 26 negative,  and 36 recoveries. Of the 48 positives, 16 were PCR, and 32 were antigen. There are currently 25 hospitalized in Brown County. Three deaths were reported: a male in his 70's not a resident of a nursing facility, a female in her 80's not a resident from a nursing facility, and a female in her 80's from a nursing facility.

Brown County Health Department Update 1-13-2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations:
Brown County currently shows 713 people vaccinated with 1st doses , 19 people vaccinated with both doses.  31,586 is the estimated 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. 

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 www.brownwoodtexas.gov/health as an online portal with up to date information regarding the confirmed COVID-19 cases, and additional preventative measures.

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