Two more Fort Bend County residents have succumbed to the deadly novel coronavirus since Friday, county officials reported Monday.
The two deaths — men in their 80s with underlying health conditions — bring to 57 the number of residents who have died from the virus since the first case appeared in the county in early March.
More than 4,200 residents have tested positive for the virus since March 5, health authorities reported.
A total of 4,286 had contracted COVID-19 as of July 5, an additional 166 since Thursday’s report by the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department. County offices were closed Friday, July 3, for Independence Day and were closed Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5, for the weekend.
The health and human services department tracks the virus on its online Community Impact Dashboard. Of those 4,286, some 1,363 have fully recovered.
To be considered fully recovered, victims must test negative twice in a 14-day period. A total of 30,453 of the county’s 820,000 residents have been tested at the county’s five free test sites in Rosenberg, Richmond, Stafford, Sugar Land and Missouri City.
Of the victims, 321 live in the Rosenberg area, 92 in Richmond, five in Fairchild’s, 19 in Needville, one in Beasley, four in Thompsons, 34 in Fulshear and two in Orchard.
More than 80% of people who catch the virus suffer mild symptoms. Many display no symptoms at all. Those victims are called asymptomatic and may spread the disease without even knowing it.
Fort Bend County Judge KP George issued a face mask order for local businesses last month. The order requires customers and employees to wear masks while inside of businesses with a few exceptions.
A similar order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott requires Texans living in counties with more than 20 coronavirus cases to wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth while in a business or other building open to the public, as well as outdoor public spaces, whenever social distancing is not possible. But it provides several exceptions, including for children who are younger than 10 years old, people who have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, people who are eating or drinking, and people who are exercising outdoors.