Conroe - Montgomery Edition | June 2020

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CHARTING THE CASES

Coronavirus hospitalizations have remained fairly steady in Montgomery County. Meanwhile, the number of active cases hit a peak May 19 with 539 cases and has since leveled o.

sales tax revenue next scal year. O- cials also claim the county has enough hospital capacity and supplies of per- sonal protective equipment to handle a potential second wave of COVID-19. “We have more than adequate sup- ply of ventilators in the event that [the number of cases] doubles or even triples,” County Judge Mark Keough said at an April 28 Commissioners Court meeting. “We are operating at 25%, 30% capacity [in our hospitals].” Data from the Montgomery County Public Health District shows there were 15 coronavirus hospitalizations in the county on April 1, while on June 1—one month after the county began easing restrictions—there were 29 currently hospitalized. Meanwhile, the number of active cases hit a peak May 19 with 539 cases and has since leveled o. “Hospitalizations have not spiked since the state reopened,” said U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, RThe Wood- lands, in a May 18 news release.

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saidAngelaClendenin, an instructional assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Texas A&MUniversity. “The data is all over the place,” Clendenin said. “We want to know what is the transmission rate, what is the doubling rate. … It tells us how this disease moves.” Texas was one of the rst states to begin easing business restric- tions due to the coronavirus as Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening plan began May 1. The restrictions have taken an economic toll, with 1.96 million unemployment claims led in Texas between the weeks end- ing March 14 and May 2, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Montgomery County ocials said they believe the county needed to reopen to prevent further economic collapse, with cities such as Conroe predicting up to a $1.5 million loss in

MAY 22 CASES

COVID19 CASES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY*

Restaurants open at 50% capacity. ACTIVE, NONHOSPITALIZED: 441 ACTIVE, HOSPITALIZED: 30 RECOVERIES: 394

ACTIVE, NONHOSPITALIZED ACTIVE, HOSPITALIZED TOTAL RECOVERIES TOTAL DEATHS

DEATHS: 23 TOTAL: 888

1K

MAY 1 CASES

Texas begins Phase 1 reopening the state. ACTIVE, NONHOSPITALIZED: 413 ACTIVE, HOSPITALIZED: 50 RECOVERIES: 152

800

HOSPITALIZATION RATES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY**

DEATHS: 14 TOTAL: 629

FEWER HOSPITALIZED Montgomery County's active hospitalization rate**, or the daily percentage of active cases that are hospitalized, has sharply declined since March.

100%

600

80%

**HOSPITALIZATION RATE DATA NOT AVAILABLE FOR APRIL 12, APRIL 19, APRIL 26, MAY 3, MAY 910, MAY 1617, MAY 2325, MAY 3031 AND JUNE 67.

“WE’RE STILL LEARNINGA LOT ABOUT THIS DISEASE, AND THATMAKES DATA CLARITYANDPURITYREALLYDIFFICULT.”

60%

MARCH 20 CASES

Texas shutdown begins. ACTIVE, NONHOSPITALIZED: 8 ACTIVE, HOSPITALIZED: 4 RECOVERIES: 0

MISTI WILLINGHAM, MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER

400

40%

DEATHS: 0 TOTAL: 12

20%

200

0%

13 17 21 25 29 2 6 10 15 20 24 29 4 8 14 20 27 2 8 March April June May

DATA TRENDS THROUGH JUNE

From May 1 to June 1 the county's positivity rate, or ratio of positive cases to total tests DECREASED BY ABOUT HALF, from 0.116% to 0.054%. 44 new cases reported in the county June 2, the highest number reported so far

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MARCH 20JUNE 2

*MONTGOMERY COUNTY DATA NOT AVAILABLE FOR APRIL 12, APRIL 19, APRIL 26, MAY 3, MAY 910, MAY 1617, MAY 2325 AND MAY 3031 DUE TO EQUIPMENT AND OTHER ISSUES.

SOURCE: TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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