A Fort Bend County mother and her son have died of COVID-19 and her husband is in the hospital fighting for his life, a family member reported on social media.
“My uncle passed on Monday and my grandmother yesterday — mother and son,” Sara Tejeda reported on Fort Bend County Judge KP George’s Facebook page Wednesday morning. “Grandpa in hospital with COVID-19 as doctors can no longer help him. All lived together with no outside contact.”
Tejeda did not mention the age of her grandmother, uncle or grandfather in her comments.
The post was among the comments on a story about the rise in COVID-19 cases statewide.
On Tuesday, for the second day in a row, Texas reported a record number of patients hospitalized with the coronavirus, George reported on his Facebook page. He cited a story from the Texas Tribune (see story, page 10).
Fort Bend County health authorities were hoping to see the number of COVID-19 cases level off by the end of April, but they continue to creep steadily upward.
The county reported 87 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 2,225 countywide since the first case was reported on March 5.
The Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department, which is tracking the novel coronavirus’ impact on the county, reported a total of 2,138 cases on Tuesday and 2,117 on Friday.
At least 12 Foster High School students and one George Ranch High School student are known to have contracted the potentially deadly virus after attending a non-school sanctioned prom they organized earlier this month and an after-party at the beach over the weekend.
While cases continue to climb countywide, the number of victims requiring hospitalization has continued to drop.
Twenty-three of the victims are presently hospitalized. More than 80 people were hospitalized at the virus’ peak in late March.
Of the 2,225 cases, 847 victims have recovered completely, 1,308 are recovering in home confinement and 47 have died.
The last death from the novel coronavirus was reported on June 1. The county has yet to include the mother and son’s death among those who have perished from the virus.
Of those who have perished, 36 were 70 years old or older, nine were 60-69 years of age, one was 50-59 and one was 40-49.
Twenty-nine of those who died have been men.
According to the county Health and Human Services Department, 18 of the 42 who have perished were black, 13 were white, eight were Hispanic and eight were Asian.
To be considered recovered, a victim must test negative twice for the virus in a 14-day period.
So far, 15,574 of the county’s 820,000 residents have been tested at the county’s free test sites in Rosenberg, Richmond, Sugar Land, Stafford and Missouri City.
The state of Texas has taken over the county’s testing site at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.
Black people make up the majority of those individuals coming down with the virus — 26%, followed closely by Hispanics with 24% and whites, 15%. Asians make up 14% of those infected.
Women still make up the majority of those infected — 1,117.
Residents between 18-80 are almost equally infected, according to county’s Community Impact Dashboard, which provides a daily update on the virus’ impact countywide.
Here’s how the virus is affecting residents according to age group: People age 50-59, 20%; 40-49. 20%; 30-39, 16% 18-29, 14%; 60-69, 13%; and 70 or over, 12%. Only 5% of residents 0-17 have contracted the virus, the county reports.
The city of Rosenberg accounts for 157 of the cases while Richmond has 43 cases. There are seven cases in Needville, four in the city limits of Fairchilds, one in the city limits of Beasley, two in Orchard, and seven in Fulshear’s city limits.