Another person has died as a result of catching COVID-19, Fort Bend County health authorities reported Thursday morning.

The death is the 41st countywide since the novel coronavirus was first discovered in the county March 5.

The victim was a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions, health authorities reported. An additional 31 confirmed cases were also reported Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,452 countywide.

Of those 249 have completely recovered, 1,098 are recuperating in home confinement and 50 are hospitalized.

To be considered fully recovered, residents must twice test negative for the virus. So far, 9,327 residents have been tested at the county’s five test sites in Rosenberg, Missouri City, Sugar Land, and Richmond.

It should be noted that residents are also being tested out of the county and at private hospitals and clinics. Those results may or may not be shared with county authorities. Health officials have repeatedly said that the number of confirmed cases will continue to grow as more people are tested.

Testing is open to all residents whether or not they are experiencing symptoms from COVID-19.

Anyone wanting to be tested for COVID-19 can request a test online at https://fbchealth.org. and then a representative will contact them.

The majority of residents testing positive for COVID-19 have been women — 882 of the 1,652.

Black people make up the largest portion of the population contracting the virus — 33% — followed by Hispanics at 27%, Whites at 20% and Asians at 19%. The virus is affecting people of every age group almost equally

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