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For the second day in a row, Brazoria County officials reported 104 new cases of the novel coronavirus, including the first case inside Angleton’s Country Village Care center. Saturday’s new numbers also marked the fourth day within the week that the newly reported cases reached triple digits.

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As the state and Brazoria County continue reporting record-breaking numbers of new COVID-19 cases, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta approves of Gov. Greg Abbott’s order mandating public mask-wearing to combat further spread.

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For the third time in a week, Brazoria County has broken its daily COVID-19 case record by reporting 106 cases Thursday.

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Access to Brazoria County’s two islands will be limited from 11 a.m. to midnight this weekend, meaning anyone going to a beach within Brazoria County must arrive before 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Brazoria County officials are in “continual education mode” as the county reached another record-high of 100 new COVID-19 cases and another death Tuesday, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta said.

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Angleton will mandate that businesses require patrons and employees to wear masks following the large increase in coronavirus cases in the city, officials said.

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Brazoria County reported 64 new COVID-19 cases Monday, meaning the county has averaged about 70 new cases a day for the past week.

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Despite one of Pearland’s lowest days for COVID cases, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta is not putting stock in the relatively low daily case count of 52 Sunday, considering it is a weekend.

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FREEPORT — Mayor Brooks Bass is the latest official to order a mask mandate for all employees and customers of city businesses.

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Local hospital capacity remains in “good shape” after a week of record-shattering new COVID-19 infections, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta said Saturday.

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Lake Jackson, Clute and Manvel joined nearby municipalities including Pearland and Harris County in mandating Friday that businesses require employees and patrons to wear masks following a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.

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The county reported 97 confirmed positive cases on Friday, exceeding Thursday’s case count by 20 cases, matching concern found in the neighboring Harris county.

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Angleton officials are asking residents to “voluntarily” wear face masks and for business owners to strongly encourage their use via a signed proclamation.

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You wouldn’t drive a nail with a screwdriver or flip a steak with a garden hose. Having the right tool for the job makes all the difference — and right now, the latest research and evidence points to masks being the tool we need to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Following a rapid increase in cases, the City of Clute is mandating that local business patrons over the age of 10 wear masks, starting Monday.

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Two days after hitting the record high, Brazoria County’s daily case count reached that number again, reporting another new 77 cases of COVID-19 Thursday evening.

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County officials were “saddened to report” the death of an Alvin man in his 70s Wednesday, which is the city’s first COVID-19-related death.

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Despite Tuesday’s 77 newly reported COVID-19 cases, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta does not plan to mandate any county-wide orders like he did toward the beginning of the pandemic.

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AUSTIN — Texas public schools will be required to provide in-person instruction for students this fall, but state education officials have delayed releasing final public health guidelines for keeping them safe on campuses during the pandemic.

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The number of COVID-positive residents requiring hospital care has almost tripled during the recent surge in cases, but officials aren’t worried that local capacity will be stretched, they said.

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Gov. Greg Abbott struck a newly urgent tone Monday about rising coronavirus numbers in Texas but said "closing down Texas again will always be the last option."

Brazoria County officials reported 26 new cases Monday, the lowest daily case count since June 13. Labs run more slowly on the weekend, County Judge Matt Sebesta has said, so Monday’s tally also marked the lowest weekday count since June 11. Alvin and Danbury are both conducting free COVID-19 testing this week.

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Brazoria County officials reported 26 new cases on Monday, the lowest daily case count since Saturday, June 13. Labs run more slowly on the weekend, County Judge Matt Sebesta has said, so Monday’s tally also marked the lowest weekday count since Thursday, June 11.

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Coronavirus daily case count numbers are steadily falling, but, with 34 new coronavirus cases reported Saturday, numbers remain higher than were projected near the onset of the pandemic.

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Judge Terri Holder granted former Freeport city manager Jeff Pynes shock probation Friday morning, releasing him from prison after almost five months of a 10-year sentence. 

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Brazoria County already broke the daily case count record twice in one week, and the numbers have continued to rise. County officials reported 56 new cases spread out over 13 cities on Thursday afternoon.

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Bexar and Hidalgo counties have imposed a new mask rule for local businesses, saying they must require employees and customers to wear masks when social distancing isn't possible.

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ANGLETON — Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta believes younger adults who are letting their guards down could be responsible a spike in positive COVID-19 tests, he said after another day of reporting 30-plus new cases.

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Investigators have identified 39-year-old Kenneth Oneal Branch as a suspect in the possible kidnapping case from June 7. Anyone with information on his whereabouts are urged to contact the sheriff’s office or call Brazoria County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-460-2222.

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Despite the recent increase in new COVID-19 cases, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta feels like they still have a handle on the situation, he said. 

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ANGLETON — The 33 new cases Brazoria County officials reported Monday evening show the county “is losing ground” in its efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, the county’s top elected official said.