Fort Bend County COVID-19 updates for Feb. 1: Weekly growth dips to 3% as cases reach 128,000

Here are the latest COVID-19 data updates from Fort Bend County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Here are the latest COVID-19 data updates from Fort Bend County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Here are the latest COVID-19 data updates from Fort Bend County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Nearly 128,000 Fort Bend County residents are confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to a Feb. 1 update on the COVID-19 data dashboard from Fort Bend County Health & Human Services.

Over the past week, from Jan. 24-Jan. 31, the county is reporting coronavirus cases have risen just 3.03%, from the 124,224 cases reported on Jan. 24.

That bump in cases comes after the county reported a 3.5% one-week increase on Jan. 18, and is a steep decline compared to the 14% increase in COVID-19 cases seen from Jan. 4-11, according to the county’s data.

The county does track the results of two types of COVID-19 diagnostic tests: molecular—also known as polymerase chain reaction—and antigen. According to the county, only positive results using molecular tests count toward the county’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Of those total confirmed cases, an additional 18,584 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive using antigen tests.


On Feb. 1, the county reported that 108,949 people have recovered from the coronavirus, while deaths are now at 1,099.

Hospitalizations

Of the 957 operational general beds available in Fort Bend County, 594 were in use on Feb. 1, according to data from the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council, which tracks hospitalization data for Fort Bend County. Of those beds in use, 124 are suspected or confirmed of being used by COVID-19 patients, according to the SETRAC data.

Meanwhile, of the 122 operational intensive care units available in the county, 114 were in use on Feb. 1, with 31 in use by patients confirmed or suspected of being COVID-19 positive. That compares to highs of 48 coronavirus patients in the ICU on Aug. 26, 2021, and 53 coronavirus patients on Jan. 19, 2021.

Vaccinations

A total of 1.18 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Fort Bend County by all providers, as of Feb. 1, according to Fort Bend County’s data dashboard.

Of those, 489,246 residents are fully vaccinated; 168,832 residents have received an additional or booster dose; and 69,718 residents are partially vaccinated, having received a single dose of a two-series vaccine.

About 74% of Fort Bend County residents age 5 and older have received at least one dose, and 94% 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.