Katy area's May 20 daily COVID-19 case count increases by 13

Signs thanking and encouraging health care workers were placed around Texas Children's Hospital West Campus and Houston Methodist West Hospital in early May. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Signs thanking and encouraging health care workers were placed around Texas Children's Hospital West Campus and Houston Methodist West Hospital in early May. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Signs thanking and encouraging health care workers were placed around Texas Children's Hospital West Campus and Houston Methodist West Hospital in early May. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)




Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties have reported a total of 874 confirmed coronavirus cases as of 6:30 p.m. May 20 in seven Katy-area ZIP codes since the beginning of the pandemic. This is a daily increase of 13.

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 3,914 recoveries and 210 deaths out of 10,095 confirmed cases, so its total active case count is 5,971 for May 20. According to data from the state, a total of 119,690 tests have been administered since May 19, which is approximately 26.99 tests per 1,000 people.

Fort Bend County is reporting 433 recoveries and 40 deaths out of 1,621 confirmed cases, so its total active case count is 1,148 for May 20. According to data from the state, a total of 43,497 tests have been administered since May 19, which is approximately 55.21 tests per 1,000 people.


Waller County is reporting 33 recoveries and no deaths out of 44 confirmed cases, so its total active case count is 11 for May 20. According to data from the state, a total of 622 tests have been administered since May 19, which is approximately 12.44 tests per 1,000 people.

Katy

The city of Katy announced city buildings will reopen with limited public access beginning June 1. The dog park reopens May 22.

Fulshear

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Katy ISD

The district announced June proms are canceled.

Katy area

Select YMCA of Greater Houston locations—including two in the Katy area—plan to begin reopening June 1.

Fort Bend County

The county launched team to conduct COVID-19 testing at state-licensed nursing facilities.

Harris County

Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to extend the county's disaster declaration through June 10 during its May 19 meeting.

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State

State and federal officials provided resources and advice for Texas small business owners in a May 20 webinar.

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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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