DATA: Fort Bend County coronavirus cases down 80% in September compared to August

See how COVID-19 impacted Fort Bend County in September and over the past week. (Community Impact staff)
See how COVID-19 impacted Fort Bend County in September and over the past week. (Community Impact staff)

See how COVID-19 impacted Fort Bend County in September and over the past week. (Community Impact staff)

In the month of September, there was an average of 50.5 new coronavirus cases reported each day in Fort Bend County. This is down 80.2% from an average of 254.7 cases in August and 52.6% from an average of 106.5 cases in July, when the county experienced a surge in new cases combined with a backlog of case data.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, 16,494 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 192 have died from it.

Of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases, the county suspects that 15,226 people have recovered from the virus, leaving an estimated 1,076 active cases.

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


Weekly data Sept. 25-Oct. 1


There were 392 new cases of the coronavirus reported in Fort Bend County during the week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1, according to data from Fort Bend County Health & Human Services.

Week over week, the number of new coronavirus cases decreased by 32 cases, or 7.5%, from the 44 cases reported the week of Sept. 18-24.


The coronavirus-related deaths of seven Fort Bend County residents were also confirmed Sept. 25-Oct. 1.

The graph below shows the daily reports of new cases last week. There were an average of 56 cases reported each day, with a high of 92 cases reported Sept. 29 and a low of 22 on Oct. 1. No new cases are reported on Sundays.


Hospitalizations Sept. 25-Oct. 1


The number of people being treated for confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases at Fort Bend County hospitals ranged from 26 to 51 during the week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.

The numbers reflect a slightly larger range in hospitalizations than the 30 to 46 seen the week of Sept. 18-24.

Of the COVID-19 patients hospitalized Sept. 25-Oct. 1, between five and 11 were in the intensive care unit, SETRAC data shows. This is compared to the four to 13 patients in the ICU the week prior.

During the month of September there was an average daily Fort Bend County coronavirus hospitalization count of 35.2, with an average of 9.8 patients in the ICU. For comparison, in August, there was an average of 72.7 coronavirus patients in the hospital each day, with an average of 29.1 in the ICU.


Sugar Land and Missouri City data


From Sept. 25-Oct. 1, there were 55 new cases of the coronavirus reported in Missouri City and 46 in Sugar Land. Both cities have approximately 1,800 total cases each.

During the same weeklong period, the five-ZIP code region that makes up much of the Sugar Land and Missouri City communities saw 169 new coronavirus cases. Sugar Land ZIP code 77498 had the most new cases, with 60, followed by Missouri City ZIP code 77459, with 50.

The chart below breaks down the total number of cases and the increase in cases since Sept. 24 for local jurisdictions and ZIP codes. The population of each area and the number of cases per 1,000 residents are also included.



Data in this story is accurate as of 1:30 p.m. Oct. 2. To view data used in this story, visit Fort Bend County’s coronavirus dashboard and SETRAC’s hospitalization information.

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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