Montgomery County experienced a consecutive double-digit increase to its active COVID-19 case count during the week of Oct. 6-12, as the county surpassed 12,000 cumulative cases.

The number of active cases in the county rose by 17.42% from 1,630 as of Oct. 5 to 1,914 as of Oct. 12, including a jump in hospitalized county residents from 13 to 24, according to data from the Montgomery County Public Health District. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county—including non-residents—rose from 43 as of Oct. 5 to 71 as of Oct. 12, with the number of patients in an ICU rising from eight to 14 in the same period, according to information from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.

Clinical recoveries from COVID-19 rose by 343 in the past week, up to 8,117, and just under two thirds of all cases in the county have now recovered. Two deaths related to COVID-19, a Spring woman and a Magnolia man, both in their 60s, were also reported Oct. 6-12. A total of 143 resident deaths have now been reported in relation to the disease, which represents around 1.16% of all confirmed cases in the county.

The county's cumulative case count rose by just over 8% from Oct. 6-12, up to 12,365, although many new cases added first tested positive in a previous month, as the county is still working through a backlog of cases initially reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services by health care providers. Of all new cases added in Montgomery County over the past week, just under half—449 of 921—had tested positive in August and September or earlier.

Including those previously reported cases, the county's seven-day new case average continues to trend upwards since reaching a three-month low Sept. 25.

Since the start of October, the county's active case count has risen by 26.92% from the 1,508 reported Sept. 30 to 1,914 as of Oct. 12. Total cases, including those previously reported to the DSHS and newly added by the health district, increased by 11.48%, from 11,092 as of Sept. 30 to 12,365 as of Oct. 12.