New coronavirus case numbers hold steady in Fort Bend County from Oct. 16-22

Here are coronavirus updates from Fort Bend County from the week of Oct. 16-22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here are coronavirus updates from Fort Bend County from the week of Oct. 16-22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Here are coronavirus updates from Fort Bend County from the week of Oct. 16-22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Fort Bend County Health and Human Services reported 324 new cases of the coronavirus the week of Oct. 16-22, two fewer than the 326 reported the week prior.

In addition to the new cases, the county also confirmed 16 additional Fort Bend County residents have died because of the coronavirus, bringing the death toll for the county to 237. A note on the county’s website says FBCHHS recently obtained access to an additional database of death certificate records, which are under investigation.

There was a daily average of 46.29 new coronavirus cases Oct. 16-22. The graph below shows the number of new cases reported each day. A daily high of 113 cases was reported Oct. 21. No new case information is reported on Sundays.


The coronavirus in Fort Bend County


Since the first cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Fort Bend County in early March, 17,362 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 using molecular tests.

As of Oct. 1, FBCHHS also began to report the number of positive antigen—currently 582—and antibody—currently 868—test results it receives from the Texas Department of State Health Services. However, only positive molecular tests are counted toward the total number of confirmed cases and are represented in graphs throughout this story.

Of the 17,362 confirmed positive cases, the county estimates 16,390 people have recovered from the virus. After accounting for coronavirus-related deaths, there are an estimated 735 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 accounts for fluctuations and irregularities in data.


Local hospitalizations Oct. 16-22


There were between 41 and 61 people being treated for confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus Oct. 16-22, or an average of 49 people each day, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. This is up from the average of 40 daily coronavirus-related hospitalizations seen Oct. 9-15.

The 61 hospitalizations Oct. 20 represent the highest number reported since 70 patients were reported Sept. 9.

Of the coronavirus patients hospitalized Oct. 16-22, between five and 11 were receiving treatment in the intensive care unit, SETRAC data shows.

The chart below shows the history of Fort Bend County coronavirus hospitalizations since mid-March.


Sugar Land, Missouri City coronavirus cases


The table below shows the total number of coronavirus cases by 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 4 p.m. Oct. 22.
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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