Galveston County close to 8,500 COVID-19 cases as rate of growth slows

Galveston County COVID-19
Here is the Galveston County COVID-19 case update for July 29. (Community Impact staff)

Here is the Galveston County COVID-19 case update for July 29. (Community Impact staff)

Galveston County has reported an additional 289 coronavirus cases since July 27, bringing the total case count to 8,494 as of July 29.

The county's seven-day average is over 118 new cases per day, down by half from the average rate of over 235 per day at the peak July 5-11.

Of those, 5,174 of the cases—about 61%—are considered active, according to health department data. Total deaths remain at 73, up from 68 on July 26.

There were 3,565 total cases in the county at the start of July, marking a 138% increase over the course of the month.

The average COVID-19 positivity rate in the county has fluctuated between 9% and 12% during July, per health department data. League City has had the most cases, with 1,921, followed by Galveston, with 1,742, and Texas City, with 1,430.


The county also began displaying antibody test results on the database in mid-June. A total of 3,718 people have been tested thus far, with 212 of those people testing positive.

Outbreaks at six nursing homes in Friendswood, League City and Texas City have infected 254 people, per health department data. The nursing home outbreaks account for about 7% of the cases in League City, 8% of the cases in Texas City and less than 3% of the cases in Friendswood.
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.

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