New coronavirus cases in Fort Bend County down week-over-week; hospitalizations also dip

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Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 2,729 new cases of the coronavirus Jan. 22-28. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 2,729 new cases of the coronavirus Jan. 22-28. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 2,729 new cases of the coronavirus Jan. 22-28. This is 655 fewer cases than were reported the week prior and brings the seven-day rolling average to approximately 390 cases a day.

The following chart shows the number of new cases each day from Jan. 22-28. No new data was reported Jan. 23-24.

The new cases bring the county’s total coronavirus case count to 43,681. Only positive molecular tests are counted toward the county’s total cases. To date, 5,848 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive with antigen tests, and 1,617 have tested positive with antibody tests.

In addition to the new cases, from Jan. 22-28, the county confirmed 15 Fort Bend County resident deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total local coronavirus death toll to 429.

The county estimates 34,778 people have recovered from the coronavirus after testing positive. Taking into account the estimated recoveries and confirmed deaths, there are approximately 8,474 active cases.

Furthermore, FBCHHS reports that 4,647 coronavirus vaccines have been administered at county-run sites.

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 decreased by 93.57.

Fort Bend County coronavirus hospitalizations

From Jan. 22-28, coronavirus hospitalizations in Fort Bend County decreased slightly from 201 at the beginning of the week to 179 by Jan. 28, according to the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. This is fewer patients than were hospitalized for the coronavirus the week prior.

Of those hospitalized, between 40-50 were in local hospital’s intensive care units, SETRAC data shows. Total Fort Bend County ICU bed usage reached 119 on Jan. 22 and Jan. 28. 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 SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council 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.