Fort Bend County continues to show slight improvement in the number of cases of COVID-19, as this week’s number of cases is lower than last week.

The Fort Bend County Health and Human Services reported a combined number of 173 cases for Wednesday and Thursday, after only reporting 14 cases on Tuesday.

For the week beginning on Sept. 4, FBC HHS reported 250 cases of the coronavirus. That is a slightly lower number from last week, which 291 cases were reported.

That makes a grand total of 15,331 cases in the county since March, when the coronavirus pandemic began. In that same time, 13,509 people have recovered from the virus.

The county also reported one death on Thursday, a female in her 70s with an underlying condition. That moves the county’s death toll to 171.

However, the Texas Department of State Health Services reports that there are 261 deaths in Fort Bend County, 120 more than the county’s reported number of fatalities.

County commissioners approved on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding between Texas DSHS and Fort Bend County HHS to work together to get an accurate count of fatalities to COVID-19 in the county.

Hospitalizations in Fort Bend are also trending lower, with only 26 confirmed COVID-related hospitalizations and 12 suspected virus-related reported on Friday by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.

Friday’s number of 38 hospitalizations is down from the reported number of 59 on Aug. 25 and from the high number of 210 reported back on July 21.

County officials credit residents wearing masks in public and social distancing to lowering the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

Officials also continue to ask residents to keep practicing healthy habits and practice social distancing to keep the numbers low.

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