Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 326 cases of the coronavirus during the week of Oct. 9-15, accounting for a seven-day new-case average of 46.57.

Week over week, the number of new coronavirus cases increased by 108 cases, or 49.5%, from the 218 new cases reported the week of Oct. 2-9.

In addition to the new cases, the county also confirmed 21 additional Fort Bend County residents have died because of the coronavirus, bringing the death toll for the county to 221. In a note on its COVID-19 dashboard, FBCHHS explains that the county recently obtained access to an additional database of death certificate records.

The graph below shows the daily reports of new cases last week. A week high of 85 cases was reported Oct. 9, while Oct. 15 saw the week’s low of 19 cases. No new case information is reported on Sundays.

The coronavirus in Fort Bend County

Since early March, 17,038 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 using a molecular test.

As of Oct. 1, FBCHHS also began to report the number of positive antigen—432—and antibody—862—tests it has received from the Texas Department of State Health Services, although only positive molecular tests are counted toward the total number of confirmed cases and illustrated in graphs throughout this story.

Of the 17,038 confirmed positive cases, the county estimated 16,040 people have recovered from this virus. After factoring in coronavirus-related deaths, there are an estimated 777 active cases countywide.

The graph below shows how many new coronavirus cases FBCHHS has reported each day since the pandemic began as well as the seven-day new-case average, which takes into account fluctuations and irregularities in data.

Local hospitalizations Oct. 9-15

The number of people in Fort Bend County hospitals being treated for confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus trended upward throughout the week of Oct. 9-15, with hospitalization numbers in the 30s during the beginning of the week and in the 50s at the end of the week, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.

On Oct. 14 and 15, there were 55 COVID-19 hospitalizations, the highest reported number since Sept. 9.

Of the coronavirus patients hospitalized Oct. 9-15, between nine and 15 were in the intensive care unit, SETRAC data shows.

The chart below shows the history of coronavirus hospitalizations in the county since mid-March.

Sugar Land, Missouri City coronavirus cases

The table below shows the total number of coronavirus cases according to city limits and ZIP code boundaries for the Sugar Land and Missouri City area. Also included in the table is the population of each area and the number of cases per 1,000 residents.

Data in this story reflects what Fort Bend County and the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council are reporting as of 11 a.m. Oct. 16.