Fort Bend County Health and Human Services confirmed 91 new cases of the coronavirus June 24, according to data published online by the county.
FBCHHS also reported the death of a man in his 80s, the 51st person in the county to die from the coronavirus.
Of the 3,267 total Fort Bend County cases, 1,996 are considered active, while 1,220 people who previously tested positive for the coronavirus have recovered, according to the county.
Data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council shows that as of June 23, 163 people are being treated for confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County hospitals, up from 141 one day prior.
Furthermore, 39 coronavirus patients are in Fort Bend County intensive care units. This means that of the county's 94 occupied ICU beds, 41.5% are being used for coronavirus patients. Fort Bend County has 104 operational ICU beds and a surge capacity of 125 beds, SETRAC reports.
At a June 23 press conference, FBCHHS Director Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, the county's local health authority, said the positivity rate for tests done at county-run testing sites has increased from 2%-3% in early May to 9%-10% currently.
County Judge KP George announced at the same press conference that masks will be required inside Fort Bend County businesses effective 12:01 a.m. June 25 through 11:59 p.m. June 30.
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