COVID-19 cases continue to climb in League City, Clear Lake

In the last two weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases in League City and Clear Lake has continued to climb, with League City seeing an additional 60 cases.

As of May 4, League City had a total of 210 cases, which includes 88 cases related to outbreaks at two senior living facilities.

Galveston County as a whole has seen 648 cases. Of those, 266 are active, 354 have recovered, and 28 have died. The mortality rate in the county is about 4.3%.

The number of cases in Clear Lake is not nearly as high as League City and seems to be increasing at a slower rate. Between the ZIP codes 77058, 77059, 77062, 77586 and 77598, there have been a total of 94 cases.

The ZIP code 77059 has not seen a new case in at least two weeks. Meanwhile, in the same span of time, adjacent ZIP code 77062 has more than doubled its cases from 12 to 25.

In total, Harris County and Houston have seen a total of 6,967 cases as of May 4. Of those, 4,323 are active, 2,504 have recovered, and 140 have died. The mortality rate is about 2%.

Despite the areas having similar populations, League City has nearly three times as many cases as Clear Lake. According to U.S. census data, League City has a population of 100,832, and the Clear Lake ZIP codes have a combined population of 109,213.

The reason Galveston County’s mortality rate for the coronavirus is more than double Harris County and Houston’s could be partly due to the fact that at least four nursing homes in Galveston County were the sources of outbreaks, Zach Davidson, communications director for Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, previously told Community Impact Newspaper.

About 90 residents were infected at The Resort at Texas City and Ashton Parke Care Center in Texas City, accounting for 90 infections of the city’s 189 total. Another 88 were infected at The Cottages at Clear Lake and Regent Care Center of League City, two senior care facilities in League City.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.