Fort Bend County approaches 7,000 active COVID-19 cases Jan. 8 as new restrictions are implemented

Fort Bend County has 6,822 active COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend County has 6,822 active COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Fort Bend County has 6,822 active COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Since Dec. 1, Fort Bend County has reported five days with more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases, according to data from Fort Bend County Health & Human Services. The county’s total coronavirus case count stands at 35,393.

Of the total cases, the county estimates 28,191 people have recovered from the virus, while 380 people are confirmed to have died from it, which leaves approximately 6,822 active cases.

The following graph shows the history of the coronavirus pandemic in Fort Bend County by charting daily case counts and seven-day averages. The seven-day rolling case average stood at 430.86 as of Jan. 8. Fort Bend County did not record new case information for several days surrounding the Christmas and New Year holiday.



Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Fort Bend County have increased throughout December and into January. Coronavirus patients occupy 27.62% of all in-use hospital beds in the county, data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council shows.

As of Jan. 8, there are 217 coronavirus patients being treated in Fort Bend County hospitals. Of those, 37 are in intensive care units, according to SETRAC.


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

Additionally, on Jan. 6, Fort Bend County—along with Harris and Montgomery counties—experienced a tightening of public health measures as the local coronavirus hospitalization numbers surpassed 15% of hospital capacity in the region’s Trauma Service Area.

In accordance with an Oct. 8 executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott, exceeding this threshold means some businesses’ capacity is scaled back to 50% and bars must close. Restrictions will be lifted once there are 15 consecutive days under with coronavirus hospitalizations under 15%.

At this time, Fort Bend County does not have any additional local orders in place.

Note: Data in this story reflects what Fort Bend County and the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council are reporting as of 5 p.m. Jan. 8. Community Impact Newspaper will resume weekly Fort Bend County coronavirus case count updates each Friday beginning Jan. 15.
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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