Harris County coronavirus count: 236 new cases brings case total above 10,000

Of the 10,095 known cases, a total of 5,971 are considered active, while another 3,914 have recovered and 210 have died, according to county data. (Community Impact staff)
Of the 10,095 known cases, a total of 5,971 are considered active, while another 3,914 have recovered and 210 have died, according to county data. (Community Impact staff)

Of the 10,095 known cases, a total of 5,971 are considered active, while another 3,914 have recovered and 210 have died, according to county data. (Community Impact staff)


Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information on testing data and the potential of antibody tests being included in data being compiled by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Harris County officials confirmed 236 new cases of COVID-19 May 20, bringing the total case count to 10,095.


Of the known cases, a total of 5,971 are considered active, while another 3,914 have recovered and 210 have died, according to county data. The Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council, which is tracking coronavirus trends in area hospitals, reported an estimated 618 COVID-19 patients in Harris County hospitals as of May 19.

The city of Houston confirmed two coronavirus-related deaths May 20, both men in their 70s. Harris County confirmed one additional death outside the city of Houston but did not release demographic details on the individual.

Another 7,140 tests were conducted in public and private labs in Harris County on May 19, according to data being compiled by the Texas Department of State Health Services, bringing the total tests conducted in the county to 126,830. Data on total tests being compiled by DSHS may include antibody tests and does not necessarily correlate with the total case count in Harris County.
By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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