The City of Brownwood on Monday issued the following press release regarding COVID-19 cases in Brown County:


On Sunday, April 12 and Monday, April 13, 2020, the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department received a total of 12 negative test results and one positive result, making a total of 11 COVID-19 cases in Brown County.


Case number 11 is a resident of the same nursing home in Brownwood as cases six through ten. The patient is not hospitalized, neither are cases seven through ten.


On Sunday evening, the Health Department was notified that the sixth COVID-19 patient from Brown County passed away at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. The patient had tested positive on April 4.


With the passing of a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19, the Health Department made an inquiry to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on whether the case should be characterized as a COVID-19 related death. The regional office for DSHS advised that a death should be reported as a COVID-19 related death if the patient had tested positive and had not made a full recovery. Since the patient had not fully recovered by DSHS guidelines, the Health Department is reporting the recent case as the first COVID-19 related death in our community. The City of Brownwood extends our deepest sympathies to the family on the passing of their loved one.


Current totals for COVID-19 testing in Brown County as of 5 p.m. Monday:


• 157 Tested


• 132 Negative


• 14 Pending


• 11 Positive


• 5 Recovered


• 1 Death