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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Brownwood/Brown County Health Department Update

Brownwood Health Department Update

Weekly Update:
For the week of  March 12-19, 2021, the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department received 20 positive COVID-19 test results, 25 negative, and 22 recoveries. Of the 20 positives,  10 were PCR, and 10  were antigen. There are currently 3 hospitalized in Brown County. One death has been reported, a male in his 60s, not a resident of a nursing facility.

COVID-19 Vaccinations:
Brown County currently shows 5,141 people vaccinated with 1st doses, 2,268 people vaccinated with both doses.  30,883 is the estimated for vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Information: 

Currently the eligibility criteria for receiving a vaccine are as follows: 
  • Phase 1A: Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities
  • Phase 1B: People 65+ or people 16+ with a health condition that increases risk of severe COVID 19 illness.
  • Phase 1C: People 50 to 64 years of age
  • School and Licensed Child Care Personnel
During the next upcoming clinics, vaccines may be available for individuals not listed in the above criteria, depending on public need. If you have not already filled out the contact list for future vaccination clinics and would like to do so, please visit: http://bit.ly/3rqtsRi 

Persons signing up on the contact list may be contacted if there are available vaccines not scheduled for individuals in the Phases 1A, 1B, and 1C. Signing up on the contact list will help the Health Department gauge public demand for vaccines across all age/health groups.

Brown County Health Department Update Mar 12-19 2021

mar 19 chart

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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