The health district provided its first update this week on local case numbers Feb. 19 following several days of closures due to both to the Presidents Day holiday and winter weather and related power issues experienced statewide this week. Alongside the return of COVID-19 case information, the health district also said the call center for senior county residents and some countywide vaccinations are expected to resume early next week.
Those eligible to receive a vaccine may register for a future appointment through the county's vaccination online waitlist, or if over the age of 65, by calling 936-523-3916 beginning Feb. 22.
As of Feb. 19, the county's active COVID-19 case count sat at 3,733, representing a nearly 24% one-week decrease and around one-third of the record 10,774 active cases reported Jan. 14. Active cases have steadily fallen in the over a month since the statistic peaked in January and fell below 4,000 for the first time since early December.
The county's cumulative case count has risen over the same time. A total of 44,060 COVID-19 cases have now been reported in Montgomery County, including nearly 1,000 added in the past week, all of which tested positive in February. Just over half of all cases have clinically recovered as of Feb. 19, while nearly 18,000 are listed as inactive—meaning the health district was unable to contact them within one month of their initial reports.
Hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19 among county residents have risen over recent days as well. Resident hospitalizations reached 92 on Feb. 19, the highest figure recorded yet, while six new deaths were reported this week including men and women in their 70s and 80s from Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery and Porter. A total of 237 resident deaths related to the disease have now been confirmed.