Fort Bend County surpasses 50,000 coronavirus cases; testing slowed during winter storm

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

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

Since the first case of the coronavirus was detected in Fort Bend County some 358 days ago, more than 50,000 county residents have tested positive for the virus, according to the county’s coronavirus dashboard.

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services has recorded 1,512 new coronavirus cases since the Feb. 15 winter storm that resulted in days of freezing temperatures and widespread power outages.

During the storm, FBCHHS suspended COVID-19 vaccination and testing. As such, no new coronavirus cases were reported from Feb 13-18.

The following chart shows the daily new coronavirus cases for the previous two weeks.






There have been a total of 50,046 confirmed coronavirus cases in Fort Bend County. Only positive molecular tests are counted toward the county’s total. To date, 7,179 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive with antigen tests, and 1,964 have tested positive with antibody tests.


Of the confirmed cases, the county estimates that 46,311 people have recovered from the virus. Additionally, 492 Fort Bend County residents have died after testing positive for the virus. This is an increase of 23 confirmed coronavirus deaths since Feb. 12.

Taking into account estimated recoveries and confirmed deaths, there are approximately 3,243 active coronavirus cases in Fort Bend County.

The following graph tracks the history of the coronavirus pandemic in the county, including daily new cases and seven-day averages.



Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Fort Bend County continue to trend downward, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. As of Feb. 25, there were 111 total COVID-19 hospitalizations at county hospitals. Among those hospitalized as of Feb. 25, 18 were in intensive care units.

The following graph shows the history of general and ICU coronavirus hospitalizations in Fort Bend County.



Data in this story reflects what Fort Bend County and the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council are reporting as of 11 a.m. Feb. 26.

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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