Montgomery County sees more than 21% increase in active COVID-19 cases Oct. 20-26

The county's cumulative case count rose by more than 700 since last Tuesday, and active cases rose by more than 400. (Community Impact staff)
The county's cumulative case count rose by more than 700 since last Tuesday, and active cases rose by more than 400. (Community Impact staff)

The county's cumulative case count rose by more than 700 since last Tuesday, and active cases rose by more than 400. (Community Impact staff)

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County rose by more than 400 from Oct. 20-26, a 21.44% increase, with the 2,362 active cases reported Oct. 26 marking the highest countywide total recorded in nearly three months.

The Oct. 26 active case count is the tenth-highest recorded in the county this year, and the highest outside of a two-week peak in late July, when between 2,400 and 2,600 cases were active in the county daily.

According to information from the Montgomery County Public Health District, newly identified COVID-19 cases climbed this week by 5.43%. The county's cumulative case count surpassed 13,000 on Oct. 20 and stands at 13,796 as oc Oct. 26. All new cases added Oct. 20-26 were individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in October.

Seven deaths related to COVID-19 were also confirmed over the seven-day span, including four Oct. 26. The deaths—a Porter man in his 60s; two Conroe and Magnolia men in their 70s; three Conroe and Magnolia women in their 40s; and a Spring woman in her 80s—brought the total number of fatalities in the county related to COVID-19 to 151.

Recoveries from the disease rose by 287 from Oct. 20-26, a 3.39% increase, and more than 63% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county have now recovered. As of Oct. 26, 2,540 cases—more than 18% of the county's cumulative total—were designated as "inactive," meaning that the county was unable to contact them within 30 days of when they were first reported to the health district.

COVID-19 hospitalizations of county residents confirmed via contact investigations held between 32 and 37 throughout the week, according to the public health district. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations in county facilities, regardless of patients' residence, increased from 54 as of Oct. 20 to 62 as of Oct. 26, while ICU bed use by COVID-19 patients increased from 14 to 17 over the same time frame, according to information provided to the health district by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2019 as a reporter for The Woodlands area and began working as Austin's City Hall reporter in April 2021.


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