CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: Galveston County hits record-high daily new case count; total nears 3,000

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know for the week of June 29 in the Bay Area. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Here are the coronavirus data updates to know for the week of June 29 in the Bay Area. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know for the week of June 29 in the Bay Area. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Galveston County has reported more than 500 additional coronavirus cases since June 24, with the case count totaling 2,923 as of June 28.

The county passed the 1,000-case mark June 8 and hit 2,000 cases about two weeks later June 23, per the health department’s case count database. A new highest daily case count was reached June 26, when the county reported 252 new cases.

The total includes outbreaks at five nursing homes in Friendswood, League City and Texas City. The outbreaks account for roughly 17% and 19% of the total cases in League City and Texas City, respectively. Two new coronavirus cases were confirmed at Friendship Haven Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center during the week of June 22, bringing the facility total to 10—about 5% of the total cases in Friendswood.

The county has had 813 recoveries and 40 deaths since mid-March. No new deaths have been reported since June 11. Cases were reported at an average of about 177 per day from June 24-28.

Galveston County also began reporting antibody test results in mid-June. A total of 1,658 people have received testing thus far, with all but 30 of those people testing negative.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo elevated the county’s COVID-19 threat level from “significant” to “severe” on the afternoon of June 26, which is the highest threat level possible in the system.

For the latest information on how and where to find coronavirus testing locations in Houston, click here. The city of La Marque is also offering free coronavirus testing July 1 at Abundant Life Christian Church.

Here is other coronavirus-related news for Bay Area residents to know for the week of June 29.

11:15 p.m. June 28: Harris County officials confirmed another 1,021 new cases of COVID-19 over the June 27-28 weekend, including 908 on June 27 and 113 on June 28. For more coverage of Harris County coronavirus data, click here.

5 p.m. June 28: As Texas backtracks from its reopening plan, Gov. Greg Abbott urged the state’s residents to go back to the basics of washing hands, wearing face coverings and maintaining safe distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus. During a televised press conference at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Abbott, along with Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, talked about the necessity of wearing a face covering in Texas and other states where cases are quickly rising. For more coverage, click here.

3 p.m. June 26: Texans traveling to three states—New York, New Jersey and Connecticut—now face a mandatory two-week quarantine in a home or hotel room. For a state-by-state breakdown of entry restrictions, click here.

By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.



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