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Central Texas county health officials respond to surge in COVID-19 numbers

Posted at 10:29 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 23:30:44-04

Brazos County saw 145 new positive COVID-19 cases overnight.

As COVID-19 numbers spike across the Lone Star State, what does that mean for Central Texans? How are surrounding areas responding?

Officials say with the surge in case numbers, social distancing and practicing those hand hygiene measures are now more important than ever.

Just over 1,000 positive COVID-19 cases, 493 recoveries, and a total of 25 deaths have been reported in Brazos County.

"This literally is a life and death situation, and we need to be looking out for one another. We need to be doing our part," said Dr. Seth Sullivan, Alternate Health Authority for Brazos County.

With more than 100 positive cases reported in the county within the last 24 hours, some cannot help but ask what officials are doing about the uptick.

Waco family physician Dr. Sullivan says it takes educating the community and planning.

"A lot of planning at the local level, the health district but also liaison with state officials about resources that we need or that we anticipate that we'll need, with respect to testing, with respect to personal protective equipment," he explained.