Galveston County removes many of Sept. 8 reported deaths; total now 139

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates for Galveston County. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the latest coronavirus data updates for Galveston County. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates for Galveston County. (Community Impact staff)

Galveston County has reported an additional 65 new cases of the coronavirus since Sept. 15, bringing the total to 11,402 as of Sept. 17.

About 1,800 of the cases—15.8%—are active, and 88 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to Galveston County Health District data. One new death from the coronavirus was reported Sept. 16.

The health district removed a majority of the deaths reported Sept. 8, including the death of a resident 0-10 years of age, and the revised death total is now 139. Some of those deaths occurred in probable cases, and after the data was verified with the Texas Department of State Health Services, it was determined the probable cases were not Galveston County residents and therefore should not be included, according to a GCHD Facebook post.

Positive cases are being reported at significantly slower rates than they were over the summer. An additional 789 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported since the start of September; two months ago, the county saw nearly 300 new cases reported between July 16 and 17 alone.

Galveston and League City have more than 2,200 total COVID-19 cases as of Sept. 17. The case count in Texas City is 1,822, and Friendswood has a total of 732 confirmed cases.

The county also began displaying antibody test results on the database in mid-June. About 4,600 people have received the testing thus far, with all but 379 of those people testing negative.

Outbreaks at six nursing homes in Friendswood, League City and Texas City have infected a collective 257 people, per health department data; no new nursing home infections have been reported since Aug. 13. Residents at nursing homes and long-term care facilities will be able to receive visitors as early as Sept. 24, according to new guidelines announced by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 17.
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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