Fort Bend County experienced a surge in new COVID-19 cases last week with over 1,300 cases reported and eight deaths, according to county officials.

The Delta variant, which is responsible for most of the new cases in the county, has contributed to 1,363 new cases reported by the county, including 480 cases last Tuesday and 411 cases on Thursday.

Last week, Fort Bend County health director Dr. Jacqueline Minter said that 77% of the new coronavirus cases were the Delta variant, and a significant majority of the cases were unvaccinated residents.

Eight deaths were reported on Tuesday, moving the COVID death toll in Fort Bend to 741.

Minter also said that 99% of the deaths are from those who were unvaccinated.

The rise in new cases are affecting county hospitals, as the hospitalization rate among Fort Bend hospitals has exploded from 3.9% on July 13 to 15.0% on Monday. There are 86 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals, with 25 more in intensive care, according to the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George scheduled a press conference on Monday to raise the county’s COVID-19 level, but the conference was postponed. He is expected to raise the county’s COVID threat level from yellow (moderate threat) to orange (significant threat). The level has been at yellow since April.

Meanwhile, Fort Bend did see a small uptick in new vaccinations, as 11,040 doses of the vaccine were administered from July 19-25, the highest number of vaccine distribution in three weeks. So far, 9,560 doses were given out since July 26.

That means over three-fourths (76.8%) of county residents 12 years and older have at least one shot of the vaccine, while two-thirds (66.9%) are fully vaccinated.

Also, 97.1% of residents 65-and-over have at least one shot, with 88.2% is fully vaccinated.

Another statistic Minter mentioned as the first day of school approaches is that 41% of Fort Bend County residents ages 12 to 19 are at least partially vaccinated. The vaccine is only eligible for those ages 12 and older.

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