CORONAVIRUS CASE COUNT: Number of Fort Bend County cases nears 700

There are 695 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County, according to data released April 17. (Courtesy Fort Bend County)
There are 695 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County, according to data released April 17. (Courtesy Fort Bend County)

There are 695 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County, according to data released April 17. (Courtesy Fort Bend County)

Editor's note: This story will be updated as new case information becomes available.

Updated April 17, 3:52 p.m.

As Fort Bend County approaches 700 confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus, another data point—the number of people who have recovered from the virus—is also on the rise.

A total of 83 people in the county are reported to have recovered from the disease, according to data released by the county April 17. This number is up from just 32 people seven days prior.

Missouri City, at 108 cases in the Fort Bend County portion of the city, continues to have the most confirmed cases of any jurisdiction in the county. Sugar Land is second, with 80 confirmed cases. Still, most cases—371 of the total 695—have been reported in unincorporated areas of the county.




Countywide, 17 people have died from the coronavirus, and 83 with the virus are hospitalized.


Updated April 16, 6:11 p.m.

There are a total of 115 cases of the coronavirus in Missouri City, according to data from Harris and Fort Bend counties. The vast majority of the cases—108—are in the Fort Bend County portion of the city.

Sugar Land's case count also continues to rise. There are now 79 positive cases of the coronavirus in the Sugar Land, according to Fort Bend County data released April 16.

On April 16, Fort Bend County reported a total of 656 cases, with 365 of them occurring in unincorporated portions of the city.

The county also reports that 76 people have recovered from the disease, while 16 have died. There are 78 people with the coronavirus hospitalized in the county.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George has created a new task force to address mental health concerns during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an April 16 release from the county.

Updated April 15, 1:26 p.m.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Fort Bend County increased by 50 in one day, according to an updated data the county released April 15.

The county is now reporting a total of 627 cases, with 334 cases occurring in unincorporated Fort Bend County, 97 in Missouri City and 71 in Sugar Land.

One new death was also reported April 15, bringing the total number of deaths countywide to 15. While the majority of people with active cases remain at home, county data shows there are currently 81 people hospitalized because of the coronavirus.

In Fort Bend County, 68 people are reported to have recovered from the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, the county also announced residents who are not exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus are now able to be tested free of charge at the county's public testing site. As of data dated April 14, the county has performed a total of 932 tests at this location.

Updated April 14, 3:12 p.m.

Fort Bend County is reporting 577 cases of the coronavirus, according to updated case information released April 14. Across the county, there have been 14 coronavirus-related deaths, and 63 people have recovered from the illness so far.

Missouri City alone is reporting 97 positive cases of the coronavirus, with 90 of them occurring in Fort Bend County residents and seven in Harris County residents. This makes Missouri City the jurisdiction with the highest number of positive cases in Fort Bend County, according to county data.

Sugar Land has 56 confirmed cases.

However, most cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County—303 of 577—are located in unincorporated areas of the county.

Published April 13, 7:04 p.m.

Fort Bend County began releasing coronavirus case information by zip code and jurisdiction on April 13.

The majority of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county—282 of 543—are located in unincorporated Fort Bend County, according to the newly released data.

Additionally, the county is reporting 82 cases in Missouri City and 61 cases in Sugar Land.

County officials said in an April 13 press release that providing this data will help better inform the public and other community stakeholders.


“I am committed to saving lives in Fort Bend County and a more accurate location will help the public to get daily information on the COVID-19 cases in their communities,” County Judge KP George said in the release. “I ask the residents of the county to continue to practice social distancing guidelines in order to slow the spread of the virus to the most vulnerable in the larger community.”

Members of the community can search for the number of cases in their ZIP code on the county website.

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County has risen to 543, according to the latest data.

Fort Bend County is also reporting an increase in recoveries from the illness. A total of 61 people have recovered from the disease.

According to the county’s data, 12 people have died from the coronavirus.

Fort Bend County is updating its Response Hub every morning before 9 a.m.

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.