Following a slight uptick over the weekend, the number of active COVID-19 cases in the county fell to 5,177 on Feb. 9—the lowest total recorded since Dec. 11 and less than half of the county's record 10,774 active cases recorded Jan. 14. Alongside confirmed active cases, the health district also listed 17,002 cases as inactive as of Feb. 9, meaning they were unable to be contacted within 30 days of their initial positive test.
The county's cumulative COVID-19 case count rose by nearly 1,000 since late last week and now stands at 42,261. All but 40 of the 951 new cases added Feb. 8-9 had tested positive since Jan. 28, the health district said. As of Feb. 9, 19,857 of all cases countywide—just under 47%—have clinically recovered.
This week's drop in active cases was accompanied by a slight increase in county resident hospitalizations due to COVID-19, with the total rising 14.29% from Feb. 5-9 to reach 72. Two new deaths related to the disease—two Conroe men in their 80s—were also reported Feb. 8-9, bringing the county's fatality total to 225.
The number of general beds in use at hospitals countywide for both resident and nonresident patients also dipped Feb. 6-9, while general beds in use for confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients hovered between 149 and 179, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.
The number of countywide ICU beds in use dropped over the same time, alongside a slight increase in ICU beds used for COVID-19 patients to 66 on Feb. 8 and 63 Feb. 9.