Signs of improvement? Fort Bend County judge lowers coronavirus risk category to orange

Fort Bend County Judge KP George announces a mask order to go into effect for all residents on June 25, 2020.
Fort Bend County Judge KP George announces a mask order to go into effect for all residents on June 25, 2020. (KPRC)

RICHMOND, Texas – The spread of coronavirus in Fort Bend County seems to be improving, according to County Judge K.P. George.

George shared a Facebook post Tuesday, writing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide mask order and his ban on mass gatherings have been showing positive results. Because of that, George decided to move the county out of the red zone and into the “moderate/significant risk” orange zone.

However, George said that just because things seem to be improving, doesn’t mean people should let down their guard.

“Labor Day is just around the corner, teachers are heading back into in-person education, and nursing homes have relaxed rules for visitation,” George wrote. “…Continue to wear masks, physically distance, and assess your risk to ensure we keep moving in the right direction. We must continue to be smart and safe.”

In the orange level, people should still minimize contact with each other and not gather in large groups. However, it is OK for residents to “begin leaving home for non-essential needs.”

George said people should still be vigilant and continue to practice good hygiene.

“Please read the recommendations not as an infringement upon personal liberty, but as acts of solidarity that will protect the livelihoods of your loved ones, neighbors and the local health professionals who endeavor each day to care for us,” George said. “By adhering to these suggestions, we can solidify the progress we have made thus far and hasten our return to the life that we love – one of safety, well-being, community, and camaraderie.”

For more information, you can visit the Fort Bend County website.

With the effects of Governor Abbott’s statewide mask order and Governor Abbott’s prohibition on mass gatherings showing...

Posted by KP George Fort Bend County Judge on Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Texas Medical Center also reported Wednesday that ICU capacity is back at 100%.

Currently, there are 1334 patient’s in the ICU and capacity in Houston-area hospitals is 1330. The good news, however, is that about 271 or just 20% of those ICU patients are COVID-19 patients.

Residents’ behavior in recent weeks has brought the positivity rate in the Houston area to 10.8 % from its peak at 22% in mid-July according to the Texas Medical Center.

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