Number of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Fort Bend County reaches more than double total cases

Here are the latest coronavirus case count and vaccination totals in Fort Bend County as of March 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here are the latest coronavirus case count and vaccination totals in Fort Bend County as of March 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Here are the latest coronavirus case count and vaccination totals in Fort Bend County as of March 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Data in this story reflects what the Texas Department of State Health Services, Fort Bend County and the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council are reporting as of 11 a.m. March 19.

With vaccination efforts underway in Fort Bend County, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services continues to track new COVID-19 case information daily.

As of March 18, 110,256 people in Fort Bend County are fully vaccinated against the virus, nearly 18% of the county’s population over the age of 16, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

This number—110,256—is more than double the 53,468 Fort Bend County residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

Only cases confirmed using a molecular test are counted toward Fort Bend County’s case count total, which is tracked on the FBCHHS dashboard. An additional 8,091 residents have tested positive with an antigen test and 2,283 with an antibody test.



The following chart shows the history of confirmed coronavirus cases in Fort Bend County as well as the seven-day rolling case average, which stands at 103 as of March 18.





Recent data


From March 5-18, FBCHHS reported a total of 2,145 new coronavirus cases. Of the cases, 1,424 were confirmed March 5-11, and the remaining 721 were recorded March 12-18.

During the same two-week time period, the number of confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the county increased by 35 to 546.

The following chart shows the daily new COVID-19 cases reported by the county.



Hospitalizations


The number of people being treated for the coronavirus in Fort Bend County hospitals continues to trend downward, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.

On March 5, 112 people were receiving COVID-19 care. However, by March 18, that number had decreased to 76.

A two-week low of 73 coronavirus patients were at county hospitals on March 16. This is the lowest number recorded since late November.

Of those hospitalized for COVID-19 in Fort Bend County, between 15 and 24 people were in the intensive care unit from March 5-18, SETRAC data shows.

The following graph shows the history of the number of general and ICU beds in use by coronavirus patients in Fort Bend County.




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.