ROUNDUP: Katy-area coronavirus updates, case counts for May 13

Shoppers wear face masks while inside a Katy-area HEB. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shoppers wear face masks while inside a Katy-area HEB. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

Shoppers wear face masks while inside a Katy-area HEB. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)




Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties have reported a total of 781 confirmed coronavirus cases May 13 in seven Katy-area ZIP codes since the beginning of the pandemic.

The counties reported 730 cases May 12 and 694 cases May 11.

Only Waller County is providing the number of recoveries at the ZIP code level, so the number of active cases in the Katy area is not available. However, all three of the Katy-area cases in Waller County have recovered.

In total, Waller County is reporting 23 recoveries out of 37 confirmed cases. Its total active case count is 14.

Harris County outside the city of Houston is reporting 2,122 recoveries out of 3,591 confirmed cases. Its total active case count is 1,385.


Fort Bend County is reporting 249 recoveries out of 1,452 confirmed cases. Its total active case number count is 1,163.

None of the counties are providing the total number of public and private tests administered by ZIP code. However, Fort Bend County’s testing sites have tested a total of 6,864 people.

Katy ISD

The Texas Education Agency released guidelines May 7 for school districts on how to combat the issues related to the campus closures, but Katy ISD has not released its official plans on how it will handle the 2020-21 school year just yet.

Harris County

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo discussed the onboarding of a number of contact tracers. About 200 contact tracers are onboard and will be trained by this Friday.

Also, Harris County Public Library System will begin offering curbside pickup May 26, and most book drops are now open.

Houston area

Amid social distancing orders, the Houston real estate market lost most of its 2020 momentum in April, seeing a 21% drop in year-over-year sales and a 20% drop in total dollar volume, according to data released by the Houston Association of Realtors.

An expert from the University of Texas Medical Branch discusses how UTMB physicians provide telehealth services.

State

The Texas National Guard has begun mobilizing disinfection teams in Texas nursing homes to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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COVID-19 patients now make up an estimated 43.4% of ICU patients in Harris County hospitals, up from 38.1% on July 3 and 25.5% on June 22.

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June 6 COVID-19 data shows 1,017 confirmed cases in Katy-area ZIP code 77449

About 55% have recovered out of the 1,017 confirmed cases in ZIP coded 77449.

Early voting is underway in Harris County. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Pharmacist Emily Smith opens a cooler for a patient to place their self-swab coronavirus test at a Walmart drive-thru testing site in McKinney on June 29. (Shelby Tauber/The Texas Tribune)
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CBD American Shaman at Park Row
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Active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations hit all-time highs in Harris County on July 5.

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The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Katy area since the beginning of the pandemic totals 2,650, according to data available at 5:30 p.m. July 2. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
113 COVID-19 cases added in Katy area July 2

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The city of Houston reported the 14-day moving average for testing positivity was at 24.8% as of June 28, up from 15.4% on June 1. (Community Impact staff)
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