Coronavirus updates: Number of active cases drops for some southeast Houston school districts

Coronavirus trends differ across the Alvin, Pearland, Friendswood and Clear Creek ISD campuses. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Coronavirus trends differ across the Alvin, Pearland, Friendswood and Clear Creek ISD campuses. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Coronavirus trends differ across the Alvin, Pearland, Friendswood and Clear Creek ISD campuses. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Coronavirus case surges are slowing across the Greater Houston area, and these declines are reflected in the hallways of some southeast Houston ISDs.

At the start of 2021, Clear Creek ISD reported some of its lowest case count rates since mid-October, and Alvin ISD had fewer than 10 active cases. Friendswood ISD began the year reporting one of its highest case counts to date, and Pearland ISD started the spring semester on campus with almost 70 cases among students and staff.

While both FISD and CCISD reported new case count highs for the 2020-21 school year in January, counts have since fallen significantly.


FISD reported its record high Jan. 8 at 55 active cases; CCISD’s new high came about two weeks later Jan. 17, when the district reported 171 active cases. As of Feb. 4, when district data was last publicly updated, FISD had 18 active cases, and CCISD had 143.

There are about five times fewer people on FISD campuses than at CCISD: About 6,100 students and 800 staff are included in FISD’s case count data, while roughly 30,500 in-person students and 5,480 employees are included in counts at CCISD.



The city of Friendswood has seen 2,040 COVID-19 cases since mid-March, per Galveston County Health District data. Galveston County has 7,775 active cases as of Feb. 5. Parts of CCISD are in Harris County, where active cases are dropping and the positivity rate is slowly declining. Click here for recent data updates from the Harris County Public Health Department.

Farther west, case counts at PISD and AISD have remained about the same or continued to rise since January.

A total of 69 active cases were reported in PISD on Jan. 6; a month later Feb. 4, the active case count was 64. Of the active cases, 47 are on-campus students, and 17 are employees, as reported by the district Feb. 4. There are 21,087 students and 2,742 employees in PISD, according to the district’s website, and 68% of those students are attending classes on campus.

Alvin ISD began the calendar year with just nine active cases and, as of Feb. 4, is operating in the “significant community transmission” stage of its COVID-19 response protocol with 119 active cases. Of the active cases, 90 are among students, and 39 are among staffers. Alvin High School has 25 active cases, and the remaining 94 are scattered across campuses. There are 27,083 students and 3,683 employees in the district, according to the AISD website.

Start and dismissal times will be staggered and extended, with noncritical events and gatherings potentially postponed, until the district moves to a minimal or moderate transmission phase of its protocol, per AISD’s website. The city of Alvin has seen 58 COVID-19 cases since mid-March, per GCHD data.

PISD and AISD are both located within Brazoria County, where COVID-19 case counts are gradually declining. Cases surged Jan. 21 after a brief drop in daily cases reported then began to taper off. The city of Pearland has 1,261 active cases as of Feb. 4, the highest such total for any city in the county. Brazoria County has 3,536 active cases as of Feb. 4.

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.

<

MOST RECENT

Maverick Remodeling and Construction employees use electronic gauges to determine how well a League City house that flooded from bust pipes is drying. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Freeze-damaged homes might qualify for property tax reduction

As of March 31, HCAD said it had only received about 150 applications for the exemption.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

Houston City Council approved a $500,000 grant ask that targets updates to the city’s parks master plan. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Houston City Council approves $500,000 grant ask for parks plan

The city of Houston is asking for $500,000 in grant funding to help pay for updates to its parks master plan.

George Floyd protest
Houston-area officials, advocates react to guilty verdicts in George Floyd murder

Across the city of Houston, local officials and advocates shared messages of solidarity and urged for more reforms in the wake of the announcement.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston region in 2017. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
How Harris County residents can prepare for hurricane season

After the most active hurricane season on record in 2020, Harris County officials said residents should be prepared for the upcoming season starting June 1.

Janice Rains-Moran (center) and her daughter Danielle Rains speak in late January with Troy, one of the many homeless people who live in Clear Lake. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Community raising funds for homeless advocate who was attacked

A GoFundMe has been set up for Janice Rains-Moran, a homeless advocate who was beaten by a homeless woman on April 16.

(Courtesy Fajita Pete's)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Fajita Pete's opening soon in Clear Lake and more

Here is a roundup of business news from Clear Lake and League City.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaks at an April 19 press conference at a mass-vaccination site at NRG Park. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook Live).
Harris County accepting walk-ins for vaccine at NRG Park

As demand for vaccines has fallen, officials are looking for ways to make them more accessible.

Vaccinations at any of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's 26 Greater Houston-area locations are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment only at no cost to the individual or family. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-based Kelsey-Seybold Clinic expands vaccine eligibility to age 16 and older

Vaccinations at any of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's 26 Greater Houston-area locations are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment only at no cost to the individual or family.