Galveston County passes 10,000 total COVID-19 cases

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates in the Bay Area. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the latest coronavirus data updates in the Bay Area. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates in the Bay Area. (Community Impact staff)

Galveston County has reported an additional 233 coronavirus cases since Aug. 13, bringing the total case count to 10,033 on Aug. 17.

About 4,000 of the cases—four in every 10—are currently active, according to health department data. No new deaths have been reported since Aug. 10.

There were 8,825 total cases in Galveston County at the start of August, marking approximately a 14% increase over the course of the month—a significant slowdown from the reported 115% increase in the county’s COVID-19 cases during July. Case positivity rates have fluctuated between 8% and 9% throughout August, per county health department data.

Galveston, League City and Texas City all have more than 1,600 confirmed cases as of Aug. 17. In Friendswood, 591 cases have been confirmed, 11 of which occurred at Friendship Haven Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Outbreaks at five other nursing homes in League City and Texas City have infected a collective 257 people, per health department data. The nursing home outbreaks account for about 6.5% of the cases in Texas City, 6% of the cases in League City and less than 2% of the total cases in Friendswood.



The county also began displaying antibody test results on the database in mid-June. Nearly 4,200 people have received the testing thus far, with all but 307 of those people testing negative.

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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