Fort Bend County raises community impact of COVID-19 to high

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Local officials Tuesday raised the impact on the COVID-19 community to high as the case threshold has been exceeded and the impact on local hospitals has increased.

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About 6% of staff inpatient hospital beds are occupied by COVID patients, according to the Fort Bend County Department of Health and Human Services.

According to FBCHHS, local data for the week ended July 11 shows an average of 230 active cases per 100,000 population.

The current number, a key determining metric for at-risk groups, exceeds the 200 cases per 100,000 threshold set by the CDC in its current guidelines.

Fort Bend County has had an average of 12 new COVID hospitalizations per day for the past seven days, according to the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council dashboard, and this exceeds the less than 10 threshold.

Officials are urging residents to stay up to date on the COVID vaccine and boosters while following CDC-recommended guidelines to help prevent the virus from spreading.

“Get vaccinated and stay up to date on recommended booster shots to protect yourself, your family and friends,” said Fort Bend County Judge KP George. “As always, I believe in being transparent and informing our residents of any changes to our levels while encouraging them to continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines and recommendations.”

Call (281) 633-7795 to schedule a COVID test 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays, or see the FBC on their website.

You can also call the vaccination hotline (for questions only) at 832-471-1373.

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