The total number of coronavirus cases in the Greater Houston area increased by 372 over the April 25-26 weekend, while another 10 deaths related to the coronavirus were confirmed.
The city of Houston led the way with 164 new cases confirmed. Another 83 cases were confirmed in Harris County outside of the city of Houston. In surrounding counties—where testing is being conducted on a less expansive basis—Fort Bend, Brazoria and Galveston counties confirmed 32 new cases each, and Montgomery County confirmed 10 new cases.
Ten new deaths were confirmed across the Houston area's five most populous counties, bringing the total coronavirus death toll in those counties to 148.
Active cases continue to trend upward, with 139 added over the weekend. However, the rate of new cases slowed slightly over the past week. After 1,658 new cases were confirmed the week of April 12-18, a total of 1,517 were confirmed the week of April 19-25. These totals are both down from 2,949 new cases confirmed the week of April 5-11.
In Harris County, the latest data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council shows total COVID-19 patients—both confirmed and suspected—holding steady over the past week. As of April 25, an estimated 262 patients were in intensive care unit beds, compared to 261 a week prior. An estimated 356 COVID-19 patients were in general beds as of April 25, compared to 390 a week prior.
Total recoveries in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Galveston and Brazoria counties stands at 2,491.