Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 1,664 new coronavirus cases Nov. 30-Dec. 3, bringing the seven-day rolling case average to 303.71 cases per day in the week following the Thanksgiving holiday.
Furthermore, from Nov. 30-Dec. 3, the county confirmed 22 Fort Bend County residents had died from the virus. The county’s total coronavirus-related death toll stands at 317.
The following graph shows the number of new cases reported each day Nov. 30-Dec. 3. There were no new cases reported Nov. 29, and previous reporting from Community Impact Newspaper details new case counts from Nov. 20-28.
The 763 cases reported Dec. 2 represents the second-highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March. According to a note on FBCHHS’ Facebook page, 760 of the cases were from samples collected in November and processed this week, while three were from previous months. The only day with more cases reported—859 in a single day—was Aug. 15, when the county was reporting cases from a backlog.
Additionally, the 602 cases reported Dec. 3 is the county’s fifth-highest single-day case increase.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 22,104 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 using molecular tests. Of these cases, the county estimates 18,398 people have recovered from the virus. Taking into account the 317 coronavirus-related deaths, there are approximately 3,389 active cases.
The following graph shows the history of the coronavirus pandemic in Fort Bend County, charting both daily case counts and seven-day averages.
Fort Bend County hospitalizations
The number of patients being treated for confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus in Fort Bend County hospitals hovered between 122-125 from Nov. 30-Dec. 3, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.
At no previous time in November were there more than 111 coronavirus patients in local hospitals, and the 125 COVID-19 hospitalizations Nov. 30 is the highest since early August.
During this same time period, between 20 and 33 of those hospitalized were receiving care in a Fort Bend County intensive care unit, SETRAC data shows. The last time there were more than 33 COVID-19 patients in Fort Bend County ICUs was Aug. 17.
From Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Fort Bend County ICUs were treating a total of 101-108 patients. Local ICUs have an operational capacity of 122, meaning approximately 88.5% of ICU beds were in use.
The graph below shows coronavirus hospitalization data—including general bed and ICU bed usage—since March.
Sugar Land, Missouri City cases
Within the city of Sugar Land, there have been 2,369 confirmed coronavirus cases, or 19.99 cases per every 1,000 residents. Missouri City has 2,403 confirmed cases, or 31.85 cases per every 1,000 residents.
At the ZIP code level, the five ZIP codes that make up the bulk of the Sugar Land and Missouri City area have a total of 6,954 cases. Missouri City ZIP code 77459 has the highest number cases at 1,946, while Missouri City ZIP code 77489 has the most cases per 1,000 residents at 32.53.
The following table shows the total number of cases and the number of cases per 1,000 residents at the city and ZIP code level. Note city limits and ZIP code boundaries do not coincide.
Data included in this story reflects what Fort Bend County and the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council are reporting as of 12:15 p.m. Dec. 4.