Fort Bend County COVID-19 updates for Jan. 11: In one-week span, confirmed cases jump over 14%

As of Jan. 11, 110,135 Fort Bend County residents are confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In a one-week span from Jan. 4-11, the number of cases increased 14%, up from the 96,509 cases reported on Jan. 4, according to a COVID-19 data dashboard from Fort Bend County Health & Human Services. For reference, that number was 87,002 cases on Nov. 25, and 91,217 cases on Dec. 25.

Only positive results using molecular tests count toward the county’s total COVID-19 cases. Of those total confirmed cases, an additional 17,143 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive using antigen tests and 5,025 with antibody tests, according to the county’s data.

The county estimates that 88,601 people have recovered from the coronavirus, as of Jan. 11. Estimated deaths, meanwhile, sit at 1,070.

More specifically, the city of Sugar Land has a confirmed 9,653 cases of COVID-19, with 7,430 recoveries. Missouri City, meanwhile, has 9,935 confirmed cases, with 7,412 recoveries. The city of Richmond has a confirmed 9,481 cases and 7,737 recoveries. In Rosenberg, 7,531 residents are confirmed to have COVID-19, while 6,345 have recovered.


In the northern portion of Fort Bend County, Katy reports 13,944 confirmed coronavirus cases and 11,103 recoveries, while Fulshear reports 1,710 cases and 1,390 recoveries.

Hospitalizations

Out of the approximately 957 operational general beds available in Fort Bend County, 463 of those were in use as of Jan. 11, according to data from the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council, which tracks hospitalization data for Fort Bend County. Out of those beds currently in use, 161 of those are suspected or confirmed of being used by COVID-19 patients, according to the SETRAC data.

Meanwhile, Intensive Care Unit usage hovers around 119 beds. As of Jan. 11, 33 suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients are using those beds. For comparison, SETRAC reported highs of 48 coronavirus patients in the ICU on Aug. 26, 2021, and 53 coronavirus patients on Jan. 19, 2021. In each of those cases, ICU bed usage hovered around that same range.

Vaccinations

There have been 1.13 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to Fort Bend County by all providers, as of Jan. 11, according to Fort Bend County’s data dashboard.

Of that number, 478,617 residents are fully vaccinated, 143,970 residents have received an additional or booster dose, and 66,510 residents are partially vaccinated, having received a single dose of a two-series vaccine.

Approximately 72% of Fort Bend County residents age 5 and older have received at least one dose, and 93% of those are age 65 and older.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.