The county's total active case count now stands at 1,210, including 54 resident hospitalizations. Active cases peaked in the county in July, reaching nearly 2,600 by July 27 before falling during much of August.
A total of 206 new COVID-19 cases were reported Aug. 19, bringing the county's cumulative case total to 7,533. Recoveries also rose Aug. 19, with 95 new clinical recoveries, bringing the county's total to 5,335. No new resident hospitalizations or deaths were reported Aug. 19.
Although hundreds of new cases have been reported since Aug. 14, the health district said the majority—402 of the 576 new cases added this week—were first identified as positive cases in June or July. Their delayed inclusion in the local case count was a result of the county processing previous entries into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-run National Electronic Disease Surveillance System after health care providers had first reported cases to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the health district said.
Overall hospitalizations throughout the county, including non-county residents, decreased by nine Aug. 19 to 89. Of those, 55 are in general or isolation beds and 34 are in an ICU, according to the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.