Montgomery County's active COVID-19 case count falls below 7K, 7 new deaths reported Jan. 20-22

Less than 7,000 COVID-19 cases remained active in Montgomery County as of Jan. 22. (Community Impact staff)
Less than 7,000 COVID-19 cases remained active in Montgomery County as of Jan. 22. (Community Impact staff)

Less than 7,000 COVID-19 cases remained active in Montgomery County as of Jan. 22. (Community Impact staff)

After a weekslong surge, Montgomery County's active COVID-19 case count continued to fall Jan. 20-22 as several new resident hospitalizations and deaths were reported.

While the number of active cases climbed slightly midweek, the county ended the week with 6,934 total active cases as of Jan. 22—the lowest daily figure since Dec. 23 and below the local record of 10,774 active cases reported Jan. 14. A total of 10,858 cases are listed as inactive, meaning the Montgomery County Public Health District was unable to contact them within 30 days of an initial case report.

More than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases were added this week, bringing the county's cumulative COVID-19 case count to 35,480. Several hundred new clinical recoveries were also reported Jan. 20-22, and 17,486 people—49.28% of all cases—have now recovered.

Over the past three days, seven deaths related to COVID-19 were also reported in Montgomery County, including male and female Conroe and Willis residents in their 70s, 80s and 90s. A total of 202 county resident fatalities related to the disease have now been reported. COVID-19 hospitalizations among residents also rose slightly this week to a new record high of 82 as of Jan. 21. Overall general bed usage for COVID-19 patients in county hospitals, including nonresidents, also fell this week. Confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients made up 26% of total hospitalizations Jan. 19, more than the 20.55% reported Jan. 22 when 208 out of 1,012 general beds in use countywide were COVID-19 patients, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.

ICU bed usage among confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients in county facilities fell this week from 44.44% of all local ICU beds in use as of Jan. 19 to just over 38% as of Jan. 22. Sixty-two COVID-19 patients out of 163 total ICU beds in use were reported Jan. 22.

By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 and is a reporter for The Woodlands edition.


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