Fort Bend County hospitals see record number of coronavirus patients July 8

There are 277 people being treated for confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County hospitals. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
There are 277 people being treated for confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County hospitals. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

There are 277 people being treated for confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County hospitals. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

As of July 8, 277 people are being treated for suspected or confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County hospitals, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.

This is the highest number of admitted coronavirus patients Fort Bend County hospitals have reported on a single day since the coronavirus pandemic began, and it is 42 more than the number reported July 7.


The SETRAC data shows of the 277 patients, 55 are in the intensive care unit, a jump of 10 from the number reported one day prior. Additionally, a total of 99 of the hospitals’ 122 operational ICU beds are occupied. Coronavirus patients account for 55.6% of people being treated in Fort Bend County ICUs.




Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 67 new cases of the coronavirus July 8. The county also confirmed its 60th coronavirus-related death.

The new cases bring the county’s total coronavirus case count to 4,413. So far, the county has confirmed 1,419 people have recovered from the virus and 60 have died from it, leaving 2,934 active cases.

The seven-day rolling average for new coronavirus cases is 77.86 per day, down from a high of 109.29 cases a week and a half ago.



Coronavirus in Sugar Land and Missouri City



The latest data from FBCHHS as well as Harris County Public Health shows the total number of coronavirus cases in Missouri City has surpassed 600 and that there are approximately eight cases of the virus per every 1,000 residents.



While there are 450 cases of the virus in Sugar Land, there are less than four cases of the virus per every 1,000 residents.

For the five ZIP codes that make up the bulk of the Sugar Land and Missouri City communities, Missouri City ZIP code 77459 has seen the most coronavirus cases—298—and has the most cases per 1,000 residents at 8.15.

It is important to note city limits and ZIP code boundaries do not align. The following charts show the number of coronavirus cases per area, the population of that area and the number of cases per 1,000 residents.




Data in this story is up to date as of 5 p.m. July 8. Find more of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage of the coronavirus here.

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Sugar Land/Missouri City

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City 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.



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