Katy area's daily COVID-19 case count increases by 4 on May 29

Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Katy-area readers. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Katy-area readers. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Katy-area readers. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)




Across seven Katy-area ZIP codes, the total number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic increased to 1,013 on May 29.

This is an increase of four cases since May 28 and an increase of 101 since May 22. The data comes from Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties’ respective COVID-19 information dashboards. The total number of tests administered in each ZIP code is not immediately available.

Only Harris and Waller counties are providing data on recoveries, deaths and active cases on the ZIP code level. Together, they reported a total of 528 recoveries and eight deaths out of 875 total confirmed cases.

Below is a breakdown of the coronavirus case data for Katy’s three counties. Note that, of the seven ZIP codes, 77449, 77084 and 77094 fall fully in Harris County. ZIP code 77441 falls fully in Fort Bend County. However, ZIP code 77493 falls within Harris and Waller counties; ZIP code 77450 falls within Harris and Fort Bend counties; and ZIP code 77494 falls within Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties.

Harris County


The Harris County 2019 novel coronavirus dashboard reported a total of 337 active cases in six Katy-area ZIP codes as of 4:05 p.m. May 29.

Additionally, out of the 870 confirmed positive coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 525 recoveries and eight deaths in the Katy-area ZIP codes in Harris County.



Countywide, Harris County has a total of 12,009 confirmed cases, of which 4,775 have recovered and 228 have died. There are 4,775 active cases in the county.


The Texas Department of State Health Services reports a total of 161,009 tests were administered in Harris County from April 21-May 28. This is a daily increase of 1,665.

The DSHS did not indicate whether these totals include diagnostic tests, antibody tests or both.


Fort Bend County


Fort Bend County’s Community Impact Dashboard is only reporting the total number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic on the ZIP code level.

According to data available at 2:35 p.m. May 29, the county is reporting no day-over-day change in cumulative confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in its three Katy-area ZIP codes. The total number of confirmed cases is 138, only a seven case increase since May 22.

Countywide, Fort Bend County reports a total of 1,832 confirmed cases, of which 599 have recovered and 41 have died. There are 1,192 active cases in the county.

The DSHS reported a total of 51,890 tests were administered in Fort Bend County from April 21-May 28. This is a daily increase of 1,128.

Fort Bend County reports it has performed a total of 11,798 tests at its county-run sites since March 30. This is an increase of 368 from data reported yesterday.

Neither the DSHS nor the county indicated whether these totals include diagnostic tests, antibody tests or both.


Waller County


Waller County Judge Trey Duhon stated in a May 28 Facebook post that the county has a new Katy-area case in ZIP code 77493. He has not reported a new case as of 3:40 p.m. May 29.

This means the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases remains at five in two Katy-area ZIP codes in Waller County, a day-over-day increase of zero.

Countywide, Duhon reported Waller County has a total of 55 confirmed cases, 19 of which are active.

However, the Waller County COVID-19 webpage reports as of 3:40 p.m. a total 53 confirmed cases, 35 of whom have recovered, and none of whom have died.

The DSHS reported 794 tests were administered in Waller County from April 21-May 28. This is a daily increase of 22. The DSHS did not indicate whether these totals include diagnostic tests, antibody tests or both.
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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