Harris County coronavirus count: Hospitalizations fall, daily new cases plateau

A total of 906 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths caused by the virus were confirmed in Harris County on Aug. 26. The city of Houston confirmed 367 of the new cases, while the remaining 539 were confirmed in Harris County outside of the city. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
A total of 906 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths caused by the virus were confirmed in Harris County on Aug. 26. The city of Houston confirmed 367 of the new cases, while the remaining 539 were confirmed in Harris County outside of the city. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

A total of 906 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths caused by the virus were confirmed in Harris County on Aug. 26. The city of Houston confirmed 367 of the new cases, while the remaining 539 were confirmed in Harris County outside of the city. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)


A total of 906 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths caused by the virus were confirmed in Harris County on Aug. 26. The city of Houston confirmed 367 of the new cases, while the remaining 539 were confirmed in Harris County outside of the city.

The seven day average for new cases confirmed per day in the county rose slightly to 914 on Aug. 26 and has remained largely unchanged over the past week and a half after dropping rapidly over the first half of August. Officials with the Texas Medical Center, who are tracking the daily case count in the nine-county Greater Houston area, said the count needs to be 200 or lower for 14 consecutive day to demonstrate community control of the virus.


The case count in Harris County now stands at 101,077, with 26,784 active cases, 73,039 recovered cases and 1,252 deaths. A total of 157 deaths have now been confirmed over the past week.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Harris County hospitals continued its downward trend on Aug. 26. A total of 611 COVID-19 patients were in general wards, down from 699 on Aug. 25 and 739 one week ago on Aug. 19. In intensive care units, the patient count fell to 278 on Aug. 26, down from 372 on Aug. 19 and the lowest the count has been since June 15.




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.


MOST RECENT

The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce hosted the State of the State luncheon June 10. (Kim Giannetti/Community Impact Newspaper)
State Reps. Harless, Swanson reflect on 87th legislative session bills, events from pandemic to Winter Storm Uri

State Reps. Sam Harless and Valoree Swanson talked ERCOT and criminal justice reform, gun safety, senior living and redistricting at the June 10 Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce's State of the State luncheon.

Taco Bueno sells tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and more unique items, including the Muchaco, a taco made with a soft pita-like shell. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Taco Bueno coming to Katy and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

The widening project between Fry and Greenhouse roads is estimated to cost $1.87 million. (Screenshot courtesy Google Maps)
West Road widening expected to wrap up in August

The widening project between Fry and Greenhouse roads is estimated to cost $1.87 million.

The Steve Radack Community Center is located on Clay Road. (Courtesy Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam)
Harris County summer program to teach students about leadership, agriculture

Funded through grants, the summer programming will be free to attendees.

Dejan Medanic owns Tuscany Italian Bistro on Grant Road, where his daughter Claudia works as a server. (Andy Yanez/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tuscany Italian Bistro shares passion with Cy-Fair community despite challenges

Throughout the pandemic, Tuscany has adapted by signing up to platforms such as Uber Eats and DoorDash, creating a patio for outdoor seating, and bringing in live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Several future road projects are planned for Cy-Fair. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
3 future road projects planned in Cy-Fair

Several Cy-Fair road widening, extension and improvement projects are currently underway. Here's a preview of some projects planned for the future.

Economist Elliot Eisenberg spoke about the economic recovery post-pandemic, saying this year's GDP growth will be the best since the 1950s. (Brooke Ontiveros/Community Impact Newspaper)
Economist explains housing demand, price booms in Texas, Greater Houston area

Eisenberg explained why home prices are rising at a June 9 Greater Houston Builders Association luncheon.

Fajita Pete's is known for its fresh-off-the-grill fajita concept. (Courtesy Fajita Pete's)
Fajita Pete's opens new location in Cypress

All fajitas are grilled to order and served with a side of rice and beans.

Officials with the Harris County Justice Administration Department said they identified racial disparities in citations and use of force by law enforcement, among other areas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County identifies racial disparities in use of force, citations from law enforcement agencies

Analysis in the report included racial demographics in instances of consent search, contraband discovery, traffic stops that led to arrests, types of citations or warnings, and use of force.

Single-family home sales in the Houston area surged 48.2% percent compared to May 2020, when real estate was in the process of recovering from coronavirus-related lockdowns. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
Houston-area home sales in May up nearly 50% versus last year

Single-family home sales were up 48.2% compared to a year ago, with 9,702 units sold versus 6,546 a year earlier.

Ashley Eckermann owns and operates Maximize the Mind in Cypress. (Courtesy Maximize the Mind)
Performance coach helps athletes overcome mental blocks at Maximize the Mind in Cypress

Ashley Eckermann helps athletes tackle obstacles such as fear of failure, overthinking and performance anxiety.