A dramatic increase in coronavirus cases countywide has led health authorities to survey citizens on their use of masks in public — and the results could lead to a “major decision.”

“These are unprecedented times, and many in our community are unsure about the future,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George said.

“As COVID-19 moves through our country, we here in Fort Bend are doing our part to slow the spread and protect as many lives as possible. I want to give you, the citizen, the opportunity to have input in my decisions to protect our community. Please fill out (the) survey so we can make sure your feedback is taken into consideration for such a major decision.”

George did not say what the major decision was, but it could be ordering all citizens to wear masks while in public as Harris County Judge Lina Hildago ordered two months ago.

The online survey asks citizens to register their opinion and thoughts on items such as facial coverings in major retail establishments for the employees and customers.

Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department, which is spearheading the county’s fight against COVID-19, reported 118 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday.

The county reported 69 new cases of COVID on Saturday.

No deaths were reported Sunday and the death toll from the deadly virus reached 50 on June 15.

However, a man whose wife and son died of the virus has also died within the past week.

Alfonso Anzaldua Rodriguez, 86, of Rosenberg, died Friday, June 19, from complications of COVID-19, almost two weeks after his wife Porfina, 86 and son Rudy, 55, died from the virus.

The county also reached another sad milestone this week: 3,000 county residents are known to have tested positive for the virus.

So far, 3,069 residents are known to have tested positive for the virus, according to the health and human services department, which tracks the virus’ impact on its online portal called Community Impact Dashboard.

A total of 667 residents have tested positive for the virus since Tuesday, June 16.

The alarming rate of increase has led the Rosenberg City Council to cancel its meeting at City Hall and meet online instead.

A total of 204 residents with coronavirus live in Rosenberg and 58 resident in Richmond, according to county record keepers.

Of the 3,069 who have caught the virus, 1,150 have recovered completely, 1,846 are recuperating in home quarantine and 23 are hospitalized.

To be considered completely recovered, victims must test negative for the virus twice during a 14-day period.

Eighty percent of victims who catch the virus experience mild symptoms and many do not even know they have COVID-19, which means they are asymptomatic and can spread the virus without knowing it.

County health authorities continue to strongly recommend residents wear face masks when out in public, wash hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds and avoid crowds if at all possible.

So far, 21,499 of the 820,000 residents countywide have been tested at the county’s five free test sites in Rosenberg, Richmond, Stafford, Sugar Land and Missouri City.

Want to get tested? See graphic illustration on Page 8 in today’s issue of The Herald.

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