Seventeen residents at the Cambridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond have tested positive for COVID-19, the state reported.
Cambridge is a long-term care facility located on Golf Street in Richmond.
The state of Texas Rapid Assessment Quick Reaction Force visited the nursing home on Thursday to conduct a site assessment and administer additional COVID-19 test to all residents, healthcare professionals, and staff members, Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore told The Herald via email.
“The Centers for Disease Control has affirmed long term facility residents are at high risk for infection, serious illness, and death from COVID-19,” Moore explained. “The city of Richmond is committed to working with our local community partners, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Texas Department of State Health Services to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in our community and surrounding areas.
As of Friday afternoon, 151 of the 6,460 positive cases in Fort Bend County are located within the Richmond city limits, according to the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department, which is tracking the virus’ impact on the county on its online Community Impact Dashboard.
Rosenberg residents account for 537 of the positive cases in the county, Needville for 35, Fairchilds for eight, Kendleton, Beasley, and Orchard for three each, Simonton for one, Thompson’s for seven and Fulshear for 58.
The 6,460 positive cases are a cumulative total since March 5 when the first positive case was announced. Of the total, 2,488 have recovered completely and 88 have died — 32 since July 1.
Seventeen of the deaths were reported in the past seven days; however, that does not mean the deaths occurred during that time period.
Three of the deaths were reported on July 20, three on July 21, seven on July 22, and three on July 23, the last time the county updated its Community Impact Dashboard for the public. Dr. Jacqueline Minter, director of the Fort Bend County Health Authority, said the Community Impact Dashboard is updated as reports of positive tests, deaths, and testing become available.
Fifty-three of the residents who died were male.
Sixty-five of those who perished were 70 years old or older, 13 were between the 60 and 69, eight were between the age of 50-59, and two were between the age of 40-50. Twenty-eight of those who died were black, 25 were white, 19 were Hispanic and 13 were Asian, according to the county webpage.
To be considered completely recovered, victims must test negative for the virus twice within a 14-day period.