The number of active COVID-19 cases held relatively steady in Montgomery County over the past week from Sept. 22-28, as the county added just under 250 newly identified cases of the disease.

As of Sept. 21, the county's active case count sat at 1,669, a more than 17% increase over the previous week, while 25 county residents were hospitalized with COVID-19. As of Sept. 28, the active case count has fallen 5.57% to 1,576, including 20 hospitalized residents.

The county's cumulative case count reached 10,912 on Sept. 28, an increase of 246 over the 10,666 recorded as of Sept. 21. Of the newly added cases, just under 40 had been previously reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services by health care providers prior to late August or early September. Even with the addition of some backlogged cases, the county's seven-day average of new reported cases fell below 35 Sept. 25, the lowest mark since mid-June.

The county health district also reported three new deaths related to COVID-19 over the previous week, including a Porter man in his 70s, a Magnolia woman in her 40s and a Spring woman in her 80s. A total of 140 county resident deaths have now been reported in relation to COVID-19, totaling 1.31% of all cases countywide.

In Conroe ISD, which began its new school year in early August and returned students opting for in-person learning to district campuses in early September, a total of 277 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since May. That figure includes positive tests by nine district employees and 16 students Sept. 22-28, according to district figures.

As of Sept. 28, 315 CISD students and 51 employees remain in isolation—meaning they either tested positive for or are showing symptoms of COVID-19—while 170 students and 26 employees remain in quarantine after being in close contact with a case.