Here is the latest case, hospitalization and vaccine data from Fort Bend County. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
As of April 8, 177,684 Fort Bend County residents aged 16 and old—or approximately 29% of the eligible population—have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The number of people in the county who are fully vaccinated has increased by more than 56,000, or 10%, in two weeks.
Additionally, 44% of eligible Fort Bend County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
These vaccinated percentages only increase when looking at people over the age of 65, who are at an increased risk for a serious outcome of COVID-19. About 67% of Fort Bend County residents in this age group are fully vaccinated, and 81% have received one dose.
Statewide, 22% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated. All Texans over the age of 16 became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine March 31.
New coronavirus cases March 26-April 8
From March 26-April 8, Fort Bend County Health and Human Services reported 1,282 new coronavirus cases. This means, on average, 91.6 cases were recorded each day.
During the same two-week period from March 26-April 8, the county confirmed an additional 20 Fort Bend County residents had died from the coronavirus. This brings the total local COVID-19 death toll to 587.
Fort Bend County does not post new case information on the weekends. The county also did not update its COVID-19 dashboard April 2, which was observed for the Good Friday holiday.
Since the first local case of the coronavirus in March 2020, 55,499 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive for the virus using a molecular test. An additional 2,518 cases have been reported using antibody tests and 8,772 cases with antigen tests; however, only molecular tests are counted toward the county’s overall total.
The following chart shows the history of confirmed coronavirus cases in Fort Bend County as well as the seven-day rolling case average, which was 100.86 as of April 8.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Fort Bend County
From March 26-April 8, Fort Bend County hospitals treated between 67 and 98 people daily for the coronavirus, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. This range is on par with recent hospitalizations totals.
Of those hospitalized, between 12 and 23 were in the intensive care unit, SETRAC data shows.
Data in this story reflects what Fort Bend County, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council are reporting as of 11 a.m. April 8.