June 23 data: Confirmed COVID-19 cases grow by 99 day over day in Katy area

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

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




Correction: This story was updated at 10:27 p.m. June 24 to show that the total number of confirmed cases was 1,856 on June 22 and 1,955 on June 23.

The total number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases in the Katy area since the beginning of the pandemic grew from 1,856 on June 22 to 1,955 on June 23, according to data available at 6:30 p.m. June 22 and 7 p.m. June 23.

This is a day-over-day increase of 99.

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, which tracks hospital occupancy rates, 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 stands at 1,667, according to data available at 7 p.m. June 23 on the Harris County 2019 coronavirus dashboard.

Active cases increased day-over-day by 51 to 741, per June 22 and June 23 data. Recoveries also increased from 877 on June 22 to 915 on June 23—a daily increase of 38. Deaths remained unchanged at 11.



Countywide, Harris County has a total of 24,421 confirmed cases, of which 8,667 have recovered and 335 have died. There are 15,419 active cases in the county.

The DSHS reported a total of 257,823 tests were administered in Harris County through June 22, an increase of 4,829 from tests administered through June 21. The DSHS did not indicate whether these totals include diagnostic tests, antibody tests or both.

Data from SETRAC shows as of June 22, there was a total of 8,509 patients in Harris County hospitals, 1,563 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 intensive care unit 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 22 shows that out of 16,499 beds, about 51.6% were in use by all patients, and 9.5% were in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.


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 7 p.m. June 23 shows the total number of confirmed cases in three Katy-area ZIP codes in Fort Bend County grew day over day by 10 to 280.

All 10 new confirmed cases were within ZIP code 77494.

Countywide, Fort Bend County reported a total of 3,176 confirmed cases, of which 1,197 have recovered and 50 have died. Based on this data, there are 1,929 active cases in the county.

The DSHS reported a total of 89,616 tests were administered in Fort Bend County through June 22, an increase of 1,689 from tests administered through June 21. The DSHS did not indicate whether these totals include diagnostic tests, antibody tests or both.

Data from SETRAC shows that as of June 22, there was a total of 713 patients in Fort Bend County hospitals, 141 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 68.2% were in use by all patients, and 13.5% were in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.


Waller County


Neither the Waller County COVID-19 webpage nor County Judge Trey Duhon has reported new cases since June 22.

This June 22 update reported a total of 111 confirmed positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 75 have recovered, and no one has died. This indicates an active case count of 36.

ZIP code-level data is only available for 30 of the 111 confirmed cases.

Based on data available at 7 p.m. June 23, there are a total of eight confirmed positive cases in the Katy area; five have recovered, and three are at home to recover.

One recovered case 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 119 confirmed positive cases, per data available at 7 p.m. June 23.

The DSHS reported a total of 1,769 tests were administered in Waller County through June 22, an increase of 18 from tests administered through June 21. The DSHS did not indicate whether these totals include diagnostic tests, antibody tests or both.

SETRAC is not reporting any hospitalization data for Waller County.
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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