Fort Bend County health authorities continue to report far fewer deaths from COVID-19 than state health authorities or one of the world’s leading coronavirus research centers.

The Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department, which is tracking the virus’ impact on the county, reported 265 deaths from coronavirus as of Friday. Yet the state of Texas and Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center both report 318 confirmed deaths from COVID in Fort Bend County.

The state agency relies on data from John Hopkins. However, Fort Bend County health authorities reported 18,410 confirmed cases of the virus as of Friday while the state and Johns Hopkins both reported 19,147 confirmed cases since early March.

Local health authorities have not commented on the reporting discrepancy.

Globally, right at 53,126,651 people have tested positive for the virus since it was first discovered in Wuhan providence of China last year. Of those, right around 85% have recovered and 1,312,339 people have died from the virus, the Texas Department of State Health Services reports and John Hopkins reports.

In Texas, 993,841 residents have contracted COVID-19 since the first case appeared in Fort Bend County last March. Of those, 838,950 have recovered and 19,147 residents have perished, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported.

Of the 18,410 confirmed cases reported by Fort Bend County, 17,039 victims have recovered and 265 residents have succumbed to the virus over the past eight months, county health authorities reported.

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

Some 74,789 of the county’s 820,000 residents — about 9% — have been tested for the virus at the county’s free test sites. However, residents may also be tested outside the county or at private clinics and hospitals, which might not relay the data to the county health authorities and which may explain the discrepancy in reporting data between the county, state and Johns Hopkins University.

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