Montgomery County sees active COVID-19 cases drop; cases in children under 12 remain high

After setting a record high of active cases in early September, Montgomery County has reported decreases, although ICU bed usage remains high. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
After setting a record high of active cases in early September, Montgomery County has reported decreases, although ICU bed usage remains high. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

After setting a record high of active cases in early September, Montgomery County has reported decreases, although ICU bed usage remains high. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Following a pandemic record high of active COVID-19 cases reported in early September, Montgomery County has reported over a week of decreases in the statistic, though the county’s public health department cautioned that cases remain “at high levels,” according to its Sept. 20 update.

On Sept. 7, Montgomery County set its record high for active cases, with 13,756. As of Sept. 20, that figure has dropped to 11,303.

Hospital bed and ICU bed usage have also decreased, although they remain at high levels. According to the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council’s dashboard, 157 out of 174 operational ICU beds were in use as of Sept. 20.

The hospital capacity issue was acknowledged at Montgomery County’s most recent commissioner’s court meeting, where Jason Millsaps, the director of the county Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, noted that it would take time for ICU and hospital bed trends to match the decrease in active cases.

"The ICU patients spend an enormous amount of time when they get there, but the general beds are coming down from the high a couple days ago," Millsaps said.



Cases in young children remain high

Montgomery County finished August with a pandemic record high in positive cases for children under 12 with 2,599—more than in all of 2020 combined.

The county has recorded 899 positive COVID-19 cases in September to date for young children, which is already higher than all other monthly totals this year except August, according to the Sept. 20 update.

Dr. Jim Versalovic, the chief pathologist and interim chief pediatrician for Texas Children’s Hospital-The Woodlands, said the trend mirrors what area hospitals have been seeing in young patients.

“No age group has been spared,” Versalovic said. “The vast majority of these children stay out of the hospital, but we are seeing more symptomatic infections during the delta surge.”

By Jishnu Nair

Reporter, North Houston Metro

Jishnu joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter in July 2021. Previously, he worked as a digital producer for a television station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and studied at Syracuse University's Newhouse School. Originally from New Jersey, Jishnu covers the North Houston metro area, including Tomball, Magnolia, Conroe and Montgomery, as well as the Woodlands and Lake Houston areas.



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