Confirmed COVID-19 cases increase daily by 45 to 1,616 in Katy-area ZIP codes, per June 18 data

Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Katy-area readers. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Katy-area readers. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Katy-area readers. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)




According to data available at 4:15 p.m. June 18, the total confirmed positive COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic in the Katy area stands at 1,616. This is an day-over-day increase of 45, according to data available at 5:30 p.m. June 17.

The data reflects seven ZIP codes in the Katy area from Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties’ respective COVID-19 information dashboards.

Only Harris County is providing full data on recoveries, deaths and active cases at the ZIP code level. Waller County is providing partial data, and Fort Bend County is only providing confirmed COVID-19 cases at the ZIP code level.

The total number of tests administered in each ZIP code is not immediately available, but the Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting the total number of tests administered at the county level. See below for each county's total testing numbers.

The Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council is providing data on the number of beds occupied by COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients at the county level. See below for each county's hospitalization data.


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 total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the six Katy-area ZIP codes in Harris County has reached 1,376, according to data available at 4:15 p.m. June 18 on the Harris County 2019 coronavirus dashboard.

Active cases grew day over day by three to 564, and recoveries increased day over day by 18 to 801, according to data available at 5:30 p.m. June 17 and 4:15 p.m. June 18. Total deaths remained unchanged at 11.

Countywide, Harris County has a total of 18,552 confirmed cases, of which 7,549 have recovered and 305 have died. There are 10,698 active cases in the county.



Data from the SETRAC shows that as of June 17, there was a total of 8,526 patients in Harris County hospitals, 1,179 of which were confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients in general or intensive care unit beds.

SETRAC estimates Harris County hospitals have a general and ICU bed operational capacity total of 16,499 beds. If surge capacity is needed, the total number of general and ICU beds can grow to an estimated 19,805 beds.

This data for June 17 shows that out of 16,499 beds, about 51.6% were in use by all patients, and 7.1% were in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.

The DSHS reported a total of 228,903 tests were administered in Harris County through June 17, an increase of 4,232 from tests administered through June 16. 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 reporting only the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic on the ZIP code level.

Data available at 4:15 p.m. June 18 shows the total number of confirmed cases grew to 233, an increase of 24 from data available at 5:30 p.m. June 17.

Countywide, Fort Bend County reported a total of 2,726 confirmed cases, of which 1,091 have recovered and 50 have died. There are 1,585 active cases in the county.

Data from the SETRAC shows that as of June 16, there was a total of 717 patients in Fort Bend County hospitals, 126 of which were confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients in general or intensive care unit beds.

SETRAC estimates Fort Bend County hospitals have a general and ICU bed operational capacity total of 1,045 beds. If surge capacity is needed, the total number of general and ICU beds can grow to an estimated 1,255 beds.

This data shows that out of 1,045 beds, about 68.6% were in use by all patients, and 12.1% were in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.

The DSHS reported a total of 80,913 tests were administered in Fort Bend County through June 17, an increase of 1,604 from tests administered through June 16. The DSHS did not indicate whether these totals include diagnostic tests, antibody tests or both.

Waller County


Neither the Waller County COVID-19 webpage nor County Judge Trey Duhon has issued a case count update since June 17 that included coronavirus case count data through June 16.

This update reported a total of 99 confirmed positive cases, 43 of which have recovered with no deaths. ZIP code level data is only available for 30 of the 99 reported cases.

Thus, according to data available at 4:15 p.m. June 18, there are a total of seven confirmed positive cases in the Katy area; four of them have recovered, and three are at home to recover. One recovery is in ZIP code 77494, and two are in ZIP code 77493. The remaining case data data only indicates the cases are in Katy, but no ZIP codes are provided.

The Texas Case Counts COVID-19 dashboard states Waller County has a total of 100 confirmed positive cases, per data available at 4:15 p.m. June 18.

SETRAC is not reporting any hospitalization data for Waller County.

The DSHS reported a total of 1,295 tests were administered in Waller County through June 17, an increase of 22 from tests administered through June 16. 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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