Number of active COVID-19 cases in Galveston County on rise as fatality rate drops

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know in Galveston County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Here are the coronavirus data updates to know in Galveston County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know in Galveston County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Galveston County has seen 839 new COVID-19 cases and two additional coronavirus-related deaths since early November, according to Galveston County Health District data.

A total of 13,696 county residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since mid-March. Of the total cases, 90% are considered recoveries, per GCHD data.

The new case count total reflects an average of about 64 new cases per day over the last 13 days. The average number of new cases a day has
nearly tripled in the last month.

A total of 155 county residents have died from COVID-19, representing a case fatality of 1.1%—down from the consistent 1.2% the county had been reporting all fall.

About a quarter of the total cases—3,746, or 27%—have been in League City. Galveston and Texas City have seen 2,511 and 2,237 cases, respectively, and Friendswood has seen a total of 955 cases, according to GCHD data. About 30% of the 1,188 total active cases are in League City. Just more than 200 of the active cases countywide are among residents ages 31-40, the highest of any age group.



Nearly 2,700 total cases have been reported in residents ages 21-30, the highest of any age group, and 170 of those cases are considered active as of Nov. 16. However, no county residents under age 31 have died from COVID-19. More than 4,850 total residents ages 0-30 have recovered from the coronavirus, per GCHD data.

There are currently 56 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county, mainly concentrated in Texas City and League City. Residents age 61 and older make up nearly 60% of the total number of current hospitalizations. Nearly 400 total county residents have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of Nov. 16.

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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