32 more confirmed cases in Fort Bend County as of Thursday

Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputy Maj. Chad Norvell hands out free disinfectant to residents at a drive-thru line in the parking lot of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy. Today is the last day for residents to get free cleanser.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped from 54 on Wednesday to 86 on Thursday as more test results became available, authorities reported.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George said Tuesday he believes the number of cases will climb to more than 100 in the days to come. Of the 86 confirmed cases reported so far, eight victims — 9% — have recovered, 67% are at home recuperating and 23% are hospitalized.

There have been no reported deaths from the novel coronavirus in Fort Bend County. Fifty-seven percent of the victims are female.

The largest majority of victims are between the ages of 40-69, according to a graphic illustration posted on the county’s newly created COVID-19 Response Hub.

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services, Fort Bend County Geographic Information Systems, and Fort Bend County Homeland Security and Emergency Management have been working on launching a hub for information related to the unique COVID-19 response.

Fort Bend County GIS developed a comprehensive site COVID-19 Response Hub with current case data, resources, and preventive information for public and media use. The response hub will host all information and closures related to the COVID-19 response within Fort Bend County.

“As the numbers continue to climb, the individual data is interesting but not as useful as the aggregate data,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, Director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services and Local Health Authority. “COVID19 is affecting all ages, genders and is found in those who have traveled as well as those who have not. Our graphic representation presents a better picture of what is currently occurring in our county.”

The information of the hub will be updated with case data at 5 p.m. each day, said Penny Hornsby, GIS Administrator.

“We want the public to have a place where they can find all of the information they need with this emergency. The information will be updated on a regular basis with 24/7 support from our staff,” Hornsby said..”

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

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