ANGLETON — With the addition of nine deaths to the COVID-19 dashboard on Wednesday, Brazoria County broke its daily death record for the second time in just over a week.
The deaths did not all occur in one day, but “it’s still too high of a number,” County Judge Matt Sebesta said.
He did not know exactly when the nine deaths occurred, he said.
The previous high number of eight deaths was reported July 28. Those occurred over a period of a few weeks before county officials received the substantiating documentation they require before reporting them, Sebesta previously said.
“We’re not gonna report the death until we have the documentation from a medical examiner, attending doctor — that type of thing,” Sebesta said.
Officials also reported 101 new cases on Wednesday along with 61 recoveries. None of the new cases were reported as probable.
Probable cases are in people who are exhibiting COVID symptoms and are linked to others who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Wednesday’s report spanned 13 communities, with the highest number of new cases, 26, in Pearland.
The second highest number of cases was reported in Angleton with 16, while Alvin and Lake Jackson each added 11 new cases to their tallies. Freeport and Manvel each saw 7 new cases, while Clute, Brazoria and Iowa Colony had five newly-reported cases each.
Three new cases were reported in West Columbia and Richwood. Jones Creek and Oyster Creek rounded out Wednesday’s report with one new case each.
More than half of new cases were reported in people in their 30s, 40s and 50s, county data shows.
Twenty-one people in their 30s, 17 people in their 50s and 16 people in their 40s were all reported positive for COVID-19. In people under the age of 20, 15 new cases were reported.
Ten people each in their 20s and in their 60s were included in Wednesday’s count. Smaller numbers of new cases were found in the oldest and youngest of residents: five people 80 or older, four people in their 70s, and three children under the age of 10, the county dashboard states.
The numbers of new cases have gone down, but it’s still too early to determine any possible trends, Sebesta said.
“I would like to see them continue to go down but that’s — we just have to see,” he said.
The new infections announced daily are from tests taken at least several days previously. On average, it takes two to four days for labs to return results, but some tests could take longer before the findings are reported to the county.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.