Galveston County has started to see a decrease in collected COVID-19 cases compared to the beginning of 2022, according to the Galveston County Health District dashboard.
The county collected 3,233 cases the week of Jan. 16 and collected 1,875 cases the week of Jan. 23. A year prior, the week of Jan. 17, there were 1,422 cases reported, according to GCHD data.
Last month, the county saw a large uptick, resulting in a 469% increase in cases between the weeks of Dec. 12 and Dec. 26, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.
During the week of Jan. 16, 21% of tests taken were reported as positive. The week of Jan. 17, 2021, the county reported 12% positive test results.
The GCHD reported an additional 287 cases Feb. 1 in a Feb. 2 news release. The county noted these cases are reported to the county, meaning the cases could have occurred at any time but are just now being reported to the county for its case records. It also reported 676 recoveries, which also have the same note as the reported cases.
The county has estimated that over 199,697 residents had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Jan. 28.
The county also reported that as of Jan. 28 there had been 6,346 breakthrough cases in Galveston County, resulting in a 3% breakthrough rate. Breakthrough cases are defined as anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated, according to the GCHD.