Katy area's May 19 daily COVID-19 case count increases by 18

Signage at a Katy-area HEB recommends shoppers practice social distancing guidelines. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)
Signage at a Katy-area HEB recommends shoppers practice social distancing guidelines. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

Signage at a Katy-area HEB recommends shoppers practice social distancing guidelines. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)




Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties have reported a total of 861 confirmed coronavirus cases as of 7 p.m. May 19 in seven Katy-area ZIP codes since the beginning of the pandemic. This is a daily increase of 18.

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. Three of the four Katy-area cases in Waller County have recovered.

None of the counties are providing the number of tests conducted at the ZIP code level.

Harris County, including the city of Houston, is reporting 3,803 recoveries and 207 deaths out of 9,859 confirmed cases. Its total active case count is 5,849. According to May 18 data from the state, a total of 119,690 tests have been administered, which is approximately 25.47 tests per 1,000 people.

Fort Bend County is reporting 384 recoveries and 40 deaths out of 1,157 confirmed cases. Its total active case count is 1,157 According to May 18 data from the state, a total of 787,858 tests have been administered, which is approximately 51.18 tests per 1,000 people.


Waller County is reporting 33 recoveries and no deaths out of 42 confirmed cases. Its total active case count is 9. According to May 18 data from the state, a total of 588 tests have been administered, which is approximately 11.76 tests per 1,000 people.

Katy

The Katy Boardwalk District development project has been delayed due to the coronavirus, according to documents included in the May 11 Katy City Council meeting agenda packet.

Waller County

Waller County Judge Trey Duhon announced May 19 the county's fourth Katy-area confirmed positive coroanvirus case in ZIP code 77493. The Katy area in Waller County has not had a case increase since April 8.

Fort Bend County

The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court passed a budget for how to spend $134.3 million in federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. However, not everyone is pleased with the passed budget.

Harris County

Harris County Commissioners Court upped the funding for the Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund from $15 million previously approved April 28 to $30 million during its May 19 meeting.

Meanwhile, the annual Houston Area Survey sampled about 1,000 Harris County residents to learn about their attitudes toward the economy and demographic changes. The results paint a picture of attitudes before the pandemic hit.

State

Texas has doled out about $6.4 billion in unemployment benefits, and it projects state fund to run out by end of May. It has made a request to withdraw billion more in interest free loans from the federal government for future needs.