Stay Safe and Healthy This Holiday Season

The Brazos County Health District would like to remind you that, due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to wear your masks, keep your social distance and maintain proper hand hygiene this holiday season.

Here’s a holiday message from Dr. Seth Sullivan, Brazos County Alternate Health Authority.

COVID-19 Mobile Test Collection Sites Scheduled for Brazos County in coming weeks

As part of the ongoing efforts across the state of Texas to provide COVID-19 testing, DAVACO and the Texas Division of Emergency Management are partnering to provide mobile COVID-19 testing sites in Brazos County.

FREE COVID-19 testing will be available at the Brazos Center (3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan) on the following days:

  • Oct. 27 (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Oct. 28 (11 a.m. – 7 p.m)
  • Oct. 29 (11 a.m. – 7 p.m)
  • Nov. 9 (11 a.m. – 7 p.m)
  • Nov. 10 (8 a.m. -4 p.m.)
  • Nov. 11 (11 a.m. – 7 p.m)

Advance registration

The registration site will only allow a person to register 24 hours prior to a site’s official opening time.

What you need to know to get tested

  • Testing is available for anyone above age 5.
  • You do not have to be symptomatic to get tested.
  • No appointment needed.
  • All test sites offer drive-thru testing.
  • You do not have to be a resident of Brazos County to get tested.
  • Please bring a picture ID, driver’s license, or other form of identification.
  • The test is an oral swab. Please do not eat, drink, or smoke 20 minutes prior to being tested.
  • The results take about 2-3 days to get back.
  • Results are securely sent via text message or email.
  • If there is inclement weather, the testing site will close

For more information about COVID-19 testing sites in Texas, visit texas.gov/covid19.

New COVID-19 Dashboard

In collaboration with the City of Bryan Geographic Information System (GIS) team, the Texas A&M University Office of Safety & Security, and the Brazos County GIS Coordinator, the Brazos County Health District has launched a new COVID-19 dashboard. This is an effort to be as transparent as possible so that the community has access to timely, accurate, and dependable information regarding COVID-19 in Brazos County.

The user friendly dashboard is updated daily and displays information about confirmed and probable cases, testing information, cases by zip code, and case and death demographics.

“The health district is extremely appreciative of the collaborative effort to launch this new dashboard,” said Brazos County Health District Director, Santos Navarrette, Jr. “The dashboard allows our community to stay informed through up-to-date COVID-19 information.”

The dashboard is displayed on the Brazos County Health District’s website at www.brazoshealth.org/covid19-dashboard.

Updated Sites and Dates: COVID-19 Mobile Test Collection Sites Scheduled for Brazos County

As part of the ongoing efforts across the state of Texas to provide COVID-19 testing, DAVACO and the Texas Division of Emergency Management are partnering to provide mobile COVID-19 testing sites in Brazos County.

Free COVID-19 testing will be available at the following locations. You do not need an appointment, but you can register 24 hours prior to the testing date to streamline the process.

City of College Station

Lincoln Recreation Center – City of College Station
1000 Eleanor
College Station, Texas 77840
Sept. 19 and 20  (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

Brazos Fellowship
226 Southwest Parkway East
College Station, Texas 77840
Sept. 28-Oct. 1  (8 a.m to 4 p.m.)

City of Bryan

New Zion Missionary Baptist Church
1505 Dansby Street
Bryan, Texas 77803
Sept. 21-25 (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) **CANCELED SEPT. 21 DUE TO WEATHER**

Henderson Park – City of Bryan
1629 Mockingbird Rd.
Bryan, Texas 77803
Sept. 26-27 (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Santa Teresa Catholic Church
307 Hall Street
Bryan, Texas 77803
Oct. 6-10 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

What you need to know to get tested

  • Testing is available for anyone above age 5.
  • You do not have to be symptomatic to get tested.
  • No appointments needed. All test sites offer drive-thru testing.
  • You do not have to be a resident of Brazos County to get tested.
  • Please bring a picture ID, driver’s license, or other form of identification.
  • For more information about COVID-19 testing sites in Texas, visit texas.gov/covid19.

Other helpful information

  • The test is an oral swab.  Please do not eat, drink or smoke 20 minutes prior to being tested.
  • The results take about two-to-three days to get back.
  • Results are securely sent via text message or email.
  • If there is inclement weather, the testing site will close.

For more information, please contact:
Sara Mendez
979-361-5730

Laura Expected to Be Category 4 Hurricane Before Making Landfall Along TX-LA Border

Hurricane Laura is rapidly strengthening and is expected to be an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane before making landfall along the Texas-Louisiana border on Wednesday night.

The threats to areas around Sabine Pass and the Texas-Louisiana border region are significant from this storm.

See the 10 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center

At this time, Brazos County does not appear to be in significant danger from the effects of the storm. Forecasts show we may get some thunderstorms, perhaps 1 inch of rainfall and some gusty winds, but the main threats are to the east of us.

Still, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the latest weather reports and be aware as this powerful storm hits the gulf coast.

Hurricane Laura Pushes Toward Upper Texas Coast; Shelters Opened in San Antonio, Austin, DFW

local storm warnings

Hurricane Laura continued its march toward the upper Texas and Louisiana coasts on Tuesday amid predictions that the storm will intensify to a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

As of 4:30 p.m., Brazos County had not been included in official hurricane or tropical storm warnings, but that doesn’t mean we’re necessarily in the clear. Storms like this can change direction quickly, and the storm itself is moving at a rapid pace. That means stronger winds will be felt further inland than with typical tropical systems.

The latest prediction is for Laura to make landfall along the Texas-Louisiana border, but a slight shift to the west could put us right in its path. Now is the time to stay vigilant and monitor local weather updates and alerts about this potentially major hurricane.

hurricane laura path

Shelters Opened in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas area

Shelters have been opened in three major metropolitan areas to take in evacuees fleeing Hurricane Laura. There are no general public shelters open in Brazos County at this time.

Here’s a list of Evacuee Reception Centers:

San Antonio
254 Gembler Road
San Antonio, TX 78219
(Open at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25)

Austin
Circuit of the Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard
Austin, TX 78617
(Open at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25)

Dallas / Fort-Worth
Mesquite Reception Center
15515 E. IH-20
Mesquite, TX 75181
(Opened at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25)

Ellis County / North Texas
Knights of Columbus Hall
850 S IH-45
Ennis, TX 75119
(Open at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25)

Mobile Test Collection Site in Brazos County Aug. 10-12

As part of the ongoing efforts across the state of Texas to provide COVID-19 testing, DAVACO, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, and the Texas Department of State Health Services are partnering to provide a mobile COVID-19 testing site in Brazos County.

FREE COVID-19 testing will be available on August 10, 11, & 12, 2020 at the Brazos County Expo Complex (5827 Leonard Road, Bryan).

What you need to know to get tested:

  • Testing is available for anyone above age 5.
  • You do not have to be symptomatic to get tested.
  • Testing is by appointment only.
  • To make an appointment, visit txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. Registration opens 24 hours prior to the testing date.
  • Appointments are available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on each day.
  • Please show up for your scheduled appointment time.
  • You do not have to be a resident of Brazos County to get tested.

For more information about COVID-19 testing sites in Texas, visit texas.gov/covid19

Extreme Heat Blankets Brazos Valley

heat temperatures map

Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service in Houston/Galveston:

Our relentless stretch of dangerous heat continues. A heat advisory is again in place from 11 am to 8 pm today, with several hours of triple digit heat index values. Peak forecast heat index will again be up to around 110°.

The heat wave carries on, with another day of dangerous heat ahead. Much of the area is beginning the morning with temperatures around 80° and a heat index in the 80s, but things will escalate rapidly after sunrise this morning.

Look for the heat index to exceed 100° area-wide by 10 or 11 am, and will not drop below 100° again until late this evening. The maximum heat index will come in the late afternoon (around 4 pm or so) with a peak in the vicinity of 110°.

Extended Outlook

Unseasonable heat will stay with us through the week. Fortunately, yesterday and today will likely signal the peak intensity of this hot stretch. Unfortunately, improvement this week will be very slow, and heat levels will remain dangerous for several more days. Heat advisories may be needed for more days this week.

Take Precautions

  • Limit any time outdoors, especially during the afternoon
  • Check your backseat for any pets or children
  • Check in with your neighbors, especially the elderly
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Wear sunscreen and light clothing

Mobile Test Collection Site in Brazos County July 7-8

As part of the ongoing efforts across the state of Texas to provide COVID-19 testing, the Texas Military Department, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, and the Texas Department of State Health Services are partnering to provide a mobile COVID-19 testing site in Brazos County.

Free COVID-19 testing will be available on Tuesday, July 7, and Wednesday, July 8 at the Brazos County Expo Complex (5827 Leonard Road, Bryan).

What you need to know to get tested:

  • Testing is available for anyone above age 5.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged to streamline the process.
  • To make an appointment, visit txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. Registration opens 24 hours prior to the testing date.
  • Appointments are available between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on each day.
  • You do not have to be a resident of Brazos County to get tested.

For more information about COVID-19 testing sites in Texas, visit texas.gov/covid19

Hurricane season begins June 1. Don’t be unprepared.

It’s hard to believe, but June 1 and the start of hurricane season are right around the corner.

The National Weather Service has a terrific guide to everything you need to know about the 2020 season, from forecasts and hurricane names to safety recommendations and even tips for dealing with your insurance company if you have storm damage.