Fort Bend County COVID-19 case count surpasses 20,000 during week of Thanksgiving

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates from Fort Bend County. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates from Fort Bend County. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates from Fort Bend County. (Community Impact staff)

Data included in this story reflects what Fort Bend County and the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council are reporting as of 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 1,345 new cases of coronavirus Nov. 20-28. With these new cases, the county’s total case count has climbed to 20,440 as of Nov. 28.

Furthermore, from Nov. 20-28, the county confirmed 19 additional Fort Bend residents had died from the virus, bringing the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 295.

The following graph shows the number of new cases reported each day Nov. 20-28. No new case data is reported on Sundays, nor was the county’s coronavirus dashboard updated Nov. 26-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The 462 cases reported Nov. 28 represents the highest single-day increase in cases since Aug. 24. The county is reporting a positivity rate of 11%.

Fort Bend County’s seven-day rolling new case average—a metric used to account for daily fluctuations in data—increased from 86.14 on Nov. 20 to 155.43 on Nov. 28.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 20,000 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus using molecular tests. Another 961 have tested positive using antibody tests, and 1,725 have received positive antigen test results. However, only molecular tests count toward the county’s total number of confirmed cases.

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

Fort Bend County hospitalization data

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Fort Bend County ranged from 73 to 125 on Nov. 20-30, with most days seeing hospitalization numbers in the upper 90s or 100s, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.

The 125 COVID-19 hospitalizations Nov. 30 is the highest number seen since early August.

Furthermore, during this same time period, between 18 and 27 of those hospitalized for the coronavirus were receiving care in a Fort Bend County intensive care unit, SETRAC data shows. Local ICUs were using a total of 100 to 112 beds. Combined, they have a functional capacity of 122.

The chart below shows coronavirus hospitalization data—including general bed and ICU bed usage—since March.

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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