DATA: Fort Bend County sees week-over-week increase in new coronavirus cases

The latest Fort Bend County coronavirus updates from the week of Sept. 18-24. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The latest Fort Bend County coronavirus updates from the week of Sept. 18-24. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The latest Fort Bend County coronavirus updates from the week of Sept. 18-24. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 424 new coronavirus cases during the week of Sept. 18-24, according to data publicly available on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Week over week, the number of new coronavirus cases confirmed has increased from 347 cases reported the week of Sept. 11-17 and 250 reported the week of Sept. 4-10.

The graph below shows the daily reports of new cases last week, which ranged from 25 on Sept. 21 to 141 on Sept. 23. No new cases are reported on Sundays.






To date, Fort Bend County has reported 16,102 coronavirus cases and 185 deaths. The county confirmed the deaths of five residents from Sept. 18-24.

Of the total number of coronavirus cases, the county suspects most people—14,833—have recovered from the virus. This leaves an estimated 1,084 active cases.


The following graph shows the history of coronavirus cases in Fort Bend County as well as the seven-day new-case average, which takes into account fluctuations and irregularities in data.

As of Sept. 24, an average of 60.57 coronavirus cases were reported each of the past seven days. This number is up from a seven-day average of 25 cases the county experienced Sept. 8 after seeing a surge in new cases from late June through August.




The number of people being treated for confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases at Fort Bend County hospitals ranged from 30 to 46 during the week of Sept. 18-24, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.

The numbers are on par with what was reported the week prior and are significantly lower than COVID-19 hospitalization numbers observed in July.

Of the COVID-19 patients hospitalized Sept. 18-24, between four and 13 were in the intensive care unit, SETRAC data shows.





Coronavirus in Sugar Land and Missouri City

The number of coronavirus cases in Sugar Land and Missouri City increased by 45 and 121 from Sept. 18-24, respectively. The majority of Missouri City’s new cases—95—were located in the Harris County portion of the city.

During the same weeklong time frame, the five-ZIP code region—which makes up much of the Sugar Land and Missouri City communities—saw 100 new cases. Sugar Land ZIP code 77479 had the most new cases with 36, followed by Missouri City ZIP code 77459 with 30.


The chart below breaks down the total number of cases and the increase in cases since Sept. 17 for local jurisdictions and ZIP codes. The population of each area and the number of cases per 1,000 residents is also provided.






The data in this story is accurate as of 12:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Fort Bend County updates its coronavirus dashboard Monday-Saturday around 4 p.m. Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council hospitalization data can be found here.

By Claire Shoop
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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