Fort Bend County COVID-19 updates: Backlog contributes to new cases; hospitalizations down

Here are coronavirus updates on Fort Bend County from Aug. 14-20. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here are coronavirus updates on Fort Bend County from Aug. 14-20. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Here are coronavirus updates on Fort Bend County from Aug. 14-20. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 2,865 coronavirus cases in the week from Aug. 14-20, according to publicly available data on the county’s coronavirus dashboard.

The county is attributing 1,983 of these cases to a backlog caused by access to a new tracking system at the state level that is being used for reporting cases.

Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, FBCHHS director and local health authority, has said previously that most of these backlog cases are from June and July. However, the county reported them to the public from Aug. 5-19, so these backlog cases are skewing the seven-day rolling new case averages upward; it reached 448.57 on Aug. 19. In total, 3,739 cases were reported from the backlog.

Here is a breakdown of the cases reported each day Aug. 14-20.

  • Aug. 14: 546 total cases (57 new, 489 backlog)

  • Aug. 15: 859 total cases (193 new, 667 backlog); the county has not responded to a request from Community Impact Newspaper about these numbers totaling 860.

  • Aug. 16: 0 total cases (no case information reported on Sundays)

  • Aug. 17: 395 total cases (101 new, 294 backlog)

  • Aug. 18: 411 total cases (214 new, 197 backlog)

  • Aug. 19: 571 total cases (235 new, 336 backlog)

  • Aug. 20: 83 total cases (all new; backlog input concluded)

To date, there have been 13,688 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County, according to county data.

After processing a batch of cases this week, the county estimates that 8,063 people who tested positive for the virus have recovered.

County data shows that 133 Fort Bend County residents have died from the virus.

Over the past week, the number of confirmed and suspected coronavirus patients being treated at Fort Bend County hospitals ranged from 117 to 73, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Committee. The last time there were 73 or fewer coronavirus patients in local hospitals was in mid-June.

Furthermore, during the same time frame, between 37 and 18 people were in the hospitals’ intensive care units.

Coronavirus Cases in Sugar Land and Missouri City

Sugar Land and Missouri City both saw an increase of about 320 new coronavirus cases from Aug. 14-20.

In Sugar Land, there have been 1,451 confirmed cases, which means that there are 12.25 cases per every 1,000 residents. Given its smaller population, Missouri City’s 1,511 confirmed positive cases mean that there are 20.02 confirmed cases per every 1,000 residents.

For comparison, Fort Bend County as a whole has 16.86 cases per every 1,000 residents.

At the ZIP code level, 932 new cases were reported across the five ZIP codes that make up the Sugar Land and Missouri City community. Each of these ZIP codes saw at least 100 new cases over the past week, with Missouri City ZIP code 77459 reporting the most new cases, at 252.

Furthermore, each local ZIP code has more than 10 cases per every 1,000 residents, with Missouri City ZIP code 77489 surpassing 20 cases per 1,000 residents.

View a full breakdown of the total number of cases, the number of new cases reported in each area since Aug. 13 and the number of cases per every 1,000 residents by city and ZIP code below.

Data in this story reflects what Fort Bend County is reporting as of 1 p.m. Aug. 20. The county updates their dashboard Monday-Saturday at 4 p.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.