This is a day-over-day increase of 196 cases.
Meanwhile, recoveries increased day over day by 30 for a total of 1,865 in the county. Two new deaths were also reported for a total of 65. Based on this data, there are 3,281 active cases in Fort Bend County.
In a July 14 press conference, Fort Bend County announced it had increased its COVID-19 community risk level to the highest of four threat levels.
County Judge KP George and Jacquelyn Minter, Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department director and local health authority, said at the conference that the decision to increase the COVID-19 threat level to high community risk comes after looking at monthly trends in coronavirus-related data.
On June 14, the county reported a total of 2,385 confirmed cases—which is an increase of 2,826 cases or a 118.4% month-over-month change to the existing 5,211 cases.
“[We've seen] an over doubling of our cases from 2,400 last month to over 5,000 today,” Minter said. “We’ve added 14 deaths in that same period of time. .... We’ve had an increase in the positivity rate.”
For comparison, On May 14, Fort Bend County reported a total of 1,471 confirmed cases, which is a 62.1% month-over-month increase, or 914 new cases to June 14's 2,385.
Additionally, between April 14 and May 14, there were 894 new cases, or a 154.9% month-over-month increase.
A total of 270 patients are being treated for suspected and confirmed cases of the coronavirus at Fort Bend County hospitals, according to data accessed at 6:30 p.m. July 14 from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. This number is up day over day by seven.
Of the 270 patients, 66 are being treated in Fort Bend County hospitals’ intensive care units, SETRAC data shows. Furthermore, coronavirus patients account for 56.9% of all people being treated in ICUs, and 116 of the county’s 122 operational ICU beds are occupied or a 95.1% occupancy rate.
Coronavirus in Sugar Land and Missouri City
Missouri City added 31 new new cases for a July 14 total of 684, according to data available from Fort Bend and Harris counties’ dashboards at 6:45 p.m. This increases the number of confirmed cases per 1,000 people from 8.65 on July 13 to 9.06 on July 14.
Sugar Land, meanwhile, experienced a day-over-day increase of 25 cases, bringing its total confirmed COVID-19 case count to 555. It now has 4.68 cases per 1,000 people, a lower number than the countywide rate of 6.42 cases per capita.
ZIP code 77459 saw the highest day-over-day increase of 24 cases out of five Sugar Land and Missouri City ZIP codes, and it has the second-highest population of the five ZIP codes.