Montgomery County reported three additional deaths related to COVID-19 on Sept. 3, according to the county's health department: a man in his 50s from Conroe, a man in his 70s from The Woodlands and a woman in her 70s from Conroe. All three died in the hospital and had comorbidities, or the presence of two or more diseases.

The total cases increased by 142 on Sept. 3 to 9,046. However, the health department is continuing to process cases that were reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services directly by health care providers, which were entered into an electronic system. Out of the 142 new total cases reported Sept. 2, 28 tested positive prior to Aug. 18. This means 114 cases were reported between Sept. 2-3.

Active cases increased by 43 since Sept. 2, reaching 1,260. The county monitors active cases through its contact investigations and tracing, county officials said. Twenty residents are known to be in the hospital as a result of contact investigations. Contact investigations have not been initiated on all cases.

Meanwhile, 6,257 people have reportedly recovered. An individual is considered to have recovered three days after they say they are symptom free, said Jason Millsaps, the chief of staff for County Judge Mark Keough.

If contact tracers are unable to get a hold of an individual who tested positive, they are considered to be an inactive case after 30 days, Millsaps said.