Fort Bend County reports highest single-day coronavirus case increase since August

Here are coronavirus updates from Fort Bend County for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Here are coronavirus updates from Fort Bend County for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Here are coronavirus updates from Fort Bend County for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

As new coronavirus cases across the country trend upward—with more than 100,000 new cases reported Nov. 4-5—new case numbers in Fort Bend County from Oct. 30-Nov. 5 have increased by 43.75% since the week prior.

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 391 new coronavirus cases Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 119 more cases than were recorded Oct. 23-29.

A weekly high of 163 new cases was reported Nov. 5. This is the highest single-day new case count since mid-August.

The following graph shows the number of new cases each day Oct. 30-Nov. 5. No new case information is reported on Sundays.




The increased number of new cases this week has raised the seven-day new case average—a metric that accounts for daily fluctuations in data—from 40 on Oct. 30 to 55.86 on Nov. 5.

The following graph tracks the history of the coronavirus pandemic in Fort Bend County, including daily new case totals and the seven-day averages.


To date, 18,025 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 using molecular tests. Of these cases, the county estimates 16,944 people have recovered from the virus, while 256 people are confirmed to have died from it. This leaves 825 active cases.


The county’s coronavirus death toll—now 256—increased by 11 Oct. 30-Nov. 5.

As of Oct. 1, FBCHHS began reporting the number of positive antigen—currently 777—and antibody—currently 889—test results received from the state. However, only positive molecular tests are counted toward the number of confirmed cases and are represented in figures and graphs throughout this story.

Coronavirus hospitalizations



Between 44 and 61 coronavirus patients were receiving care at Fort Bend County hospitals Oct. 30-Nov. 5, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. This range is slightly higher than the 31-56 people hospitalized for the virus the week prior.

Furthermore, between 12 and 18 coronavirus patients were in the hospitals’ intensive care units, SETRAC data shows. The last time there were more than 18 coronavirus patients in the ICU was Sept. 4.

The chart below shows coronavirus general and ICU hospitalizations since March.





Coronavirus in Sugar Land, Missouri City



The chart below shows the total number of COVID-19 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, Harris County and the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council are reporting as of 10 a.m. Nov. 6.

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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