Fort Bend County notches 1,277 COVID-19 cases Feb. 26-March 4 as pandemic passes 1-year mark

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Fort Bend County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Fort Bend County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Fort Bend County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

March 4 marks one year since Fort Bend County reported its first case of the coronavirus. During that time, 51,323 Fort Bend County residents have contracted the virus, and 511 have died from it, according to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.

A year later, new coronavirus cases are still reported almost daily. From Feb. 26-March 4, the county confirmed an additional 1,277 cases.

The following chart shows the daily new coronavirus cases for the past week. While no new case data was reported over the weekend, March 2 had the highest number of new cases at 498.






Only positive results of molecular tests conducted on Fort Bend County residents count toward the county’s 51,323 total COVID-19 cases. An additional 7,652 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive using antigen tests and 2,077 with antibody tests.

Of the confirmed cases, the county estimates 48,223 people have recovered from the coronavirus. Taking into account the estimated recovered and confirmed deaths, there are approximately 2,589 active COVID-19 cases in Fort Bend County.


The death toll from the coronavirus continues to rise week over week, recently surpassing 500. The 511 confirmed deaths known as of March 4 reflect an increase of 19 since Feb. 25.

The seven-day new case average, a metric used to account for daily variations in newly confirmed cases, is 182.43 as of March 4. This figure is down slightly from 216 Feb. 25 and down more than 200 average new daily cases from the beginning of February.

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 has remained fairly stable week over week, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. From Feb. 26-March 4, COVID-19 hospitalizations ranged from 92 to 119 at county hospitals.

Of those hospitalized, between 13 and 19 were in the intensive care unit. These ICU hospitalizations have declined steadily in the county since the beginning of 2021, SETRAC data shows.

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 3 p.m. March 5.

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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