Fort Bend County health officials are reporting that the county has seen its 40th death due to the novel coronavirus.

The FBC Health and Human Services department also confirmed 19 new cases of COVID-19 positive residents, moving the total to 1,404 cases reported in Fort Bend.

While the number of cases continues to rise, it’s a smaller increase than in the last two weeks.

Two deaths were also reported, a man in his 80s and another man in his 40s. Both had underlying health conditions.

That moves the death toll from the coronavirus to 40 in Fort Bend County, while 240 residents have recovered from the virus.

So far, 6,160 residents have been tested at the five testing sites across the county, with cases in unincorporated Richmond and another in Katy.

Fort Bend County was mentioned as one of the “locations to watch” in an unreleased May 7 coronavirus task force report by the White House, NBC News reported on Monday.

Fort Bend, along with Dallas County, was put on the list because it had reported an increase of cases of 64.8%. Dallas County had an increase of 116.8%.

The sporadic numbers from Fort Bend County may show that while the county was seeing high numbers early on, it had stabilized in mid-April.

But with Texas reopening for business, there is concern that the number of cases could be back on the rise.

Statewide, there are now 39,869 reported cases of the coronavirus, with 1,100 deaths and 21,713 recoveries.

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