Fort Bend County sees 3,384 new coronavirus cases Jan. 15-21, up 498 from week prior

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Fort Bend County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Fort Bend County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Fort Bend County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 3,384 new coronavirus cases the week of Jan. 15-21. This is 498 more cases than the week prior.

The following chart shows the number of new cases each day from Jan. 15-21. Jan. 19 saw the most cases at 1,313, the sixth day on record with more than 1,000 cases. No new data was reported Jan. 16-17.




These new cases bring the county’s total coronavirus case count to 41,323. Only positive molecular tests are counted toward the county’s total cases. To date, 5,316 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive with antigen tests, and there have been 1,557 positive antibody tests.

In addition to the new cases, from Jan. 15-21, the county confirmed nine Fort Bend County residents died from COVID-19, bringing the total local coronavirus death toll to 414.

The county estimates 32,220 people have recovered from the coronavirus after testing positive. Taking into account the estimated recoveries and confirmed deaths, there are approximately 8,689 active cases. This number has increased by 679 in a week.

The following graph tracks the history of the coronavirus pandemic in Fort Bend County, including daily new cases totals and seven-day averages. Since last week, the seven-day average has increased by 71.14.





Fort Bend County coronavirus hospitalizations



From Jan. 15-21, between 204-215 people were receiving treatment for the coronavirus at Fort Bend County hospitals, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. This is slightly fewer hospitalizations than were seen the week prior.



Additionally, there were 44-53 COVID-19 patients admitted to local hospitals’ intensive care units, SETRAC data shows. There have not been more than 50 coronavirus patients in ICUs since the end of July.

Total Fort Bend County ICU bed usage reached 119 on Jan. 17, according to the SETRAC. County hospitals have an operational ICU capacity of 122.

The following graph shows the history of general and ICU coronavirus hospitalizations in the county.





Coronavirus in Sugar Land, Missouri City



The following table 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 are 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 SETRAC are reporting as of 11 a.m. Jan. 21.
By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin 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.