Fort Bend County will work with Rice University to create a registry to help track and trace the spread of COVID-19 in the county.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George, former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Director of the Kinder Institute Bill Fulton announced the COVID-19 Survey for Fort Bend County residents this week.

The registry is a community registry designed to track the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, with a focus on the Houston region, and provide government officials with real-time information on the virus’s spread across time and across neighborhoods, who is being affected and how.

“I encourage all Fort Bend residents to take a few minutes out of their schedules to fill out the COVID-19 survey,” George said in a statement. “As I have always said, data will drive our decision making and your feedback is valuable in this process.”

“I’m proud to launch this effort in Fort Bend County with the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.”

As of April 20, around 2,100 Texas residents have joined the registry and taken the survey, the vast majority of whom live in the Houston region. Respondents are not representative of the population at large. More respondents are filling out the registry survey every day and follow-up surveys will be conducted every two weeks.

“The impact of the coronavirus will last long after the media attention has faded away,” Emmett said. “It is important, therefore, for residents to give as much information as possible to local officials so they can continue to provide services and prepare for future pandemics. The COVID-19 registry is your opportunity to contribute to a better recovery and a safer future.”

The COVID-19 Registry can be found at https://kinder.rice.edu/covid-19-registry.

Key findings will be available online as they are entered and discovered.

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