Galveston County sees highest COVID-19 positivity rate in 5 months; case fatality drops to 1%

A total of 168 people have died from the coronavirus in Galveston County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
A total of 168 people have died from the coronavirus in Galveston County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

A total of 168 people have died from the coronavirus in Galveston County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Galveston County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is hitting double digits for the first time since July.

From the week of Nov. 15 to the week of Nov. 29, the positivity rate doubled from 6% to 12%, according to a Galveston County Health District Facebook post. As of late in the day Dec. 10, the county’s positivity rate is at 10%.

One additional death was reported Dec. 11, a male age 71-80 with pre-existing conditions, per GCHD’s Facebook. The death total is now 168, up 10 since Nov. 25. Case fatality, however, has decreased since late November and is now at 1%.

A total of 16,302 county residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since mid-March. Of the total cases, 86% are considered recoveries, per GCHD data.

The new case count total reflects an average of about 122 new cases per day over the last 18 days. The average number of new cases a day has increased more than 400% since this time in October.

Galveston and Texas City have seen 2,772 and 2,620 cases, respectively, and Friendswood has seen a total of 1,142 cases, according to GCHD data. More than a quarter of the total cases—4,713, or 29%—have been in League City, and 36% of the 2,132 currently active cases are in League City.

More than 3,000 total cases have been reported among residents ages 21-30, the highest of any age group, and 337 of those cases are considered active as of Dec. 11. Nearly 350 of the active cases countywide are among residents ages 31-40, the highest of any age group.

However, no county residents under age 31 have died from COVID-19. More than 5,400 total residents ages 0-30 have recovered from the coronavirus, per GCHD data.

There are currently 49 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county, mainly concentrated in Texas City and League City. While a resident age 0-10 and two residents ages 21-30 are hospitalized as of Dec. 11, residents age 61 and older make up more than 60% of the total number of current hospitalizations. A total of 393 county residents have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 since mid-March.

Coronavirus trends at one Bay Area school district have been similar to those seen at a county level, while the case count rates remain steady in another district.

There are a total of 15 active cases in Friendswood ISD as of Dec. 10, when the district last updated its dashboard. The number of active cases at FISD has remained between 13 and 19 in the last two weeks. A total of 83 people within FISD, 55 students and 28 teachers, have tested positive for COVID-19 this school year, according to the district’s coronavirus dashboard.

Between Dec. 2 and Dec. 4—six to eight days after Thanksgiving—Clear Creek ISD’s number of active COVID-19 cases jumped from 60 to 96. The district reported 139 active cases Nov. 25, the second-highest number to date during the 2020-21 school year; there were 141 active cases the day before. A total of 455 cases have been reported among students and staff since the start of the year, according to CCISD’s COVID-19 dashboard.

By Colleen Ferguson

Reporter, Bay Area

A native central New Yorker, Colleen worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact Newspaper before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. She covers public education, higher education, business and development news in southeast Houston. Colleen graduated in 2019 from Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she worked for the university's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange. Her degrees are in journalism and Spanish language and culture. When not chasing a story, Colleen can be found petting cats and dogs, listening to podcasts, swimming or watching true crime documentaries.