The Galveston County Health District announced announced one new positive coronavirus cases Friday, bringing the total up to 795 from 788.
The death toll from COVID-19 in Galveston County increased to 37 people on Friday, with the announcement of five new virus-related death by the Galveston County Health District.
It is the single most deaths reported by the health district during the pandemic. However, announcement doesn't mark a sudden surge of the deaths, officials said.
The five new deaths announced Friday occurred between April 27 and May 21, according to the health district.
The were all reported to the health district after 5 p.m. on Thursday, health district spokeswoman Ashley Tompkins said.
The five deaths included three men and two women. Two were between the age of 71 and 80, two were between the age of 81 and 90 and one was older than 90 years old, according to the health district.
All five people had pre-existing medical conditions, according to the health district. The health district did not release any other identifying data about the fatalities.
It was unclear Friday why the five deaths were reported all at once and so long after they occurred. The district receives death reports from hospitals and the Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office, Tompkins said. She could not confirm if all five new death reports came from a single source.
Two recoveries were announced Friday. A total of 469 people have recovered after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
As of Friday, 29,365 Galveston County residents have been tested for COVID-19.
About 8.6 percent of the county's 342,139 population has now been tested.
About 2.7 percent of people tested have been positive for COVID-19, according to the health district.
A total of 25 people were hospitalized because of COVID-19 Friday, the district said.
The county health district began testing people for COVID-19 on March 2.
League City has the most diagnosed cases among local cities in the county, with 247, and Texas City has the second most with 221 cases.
In Texas City, 92 of the city's confirmed cases are connected to two senior care facilities: The Resort at Texas City and the Ashton Parke Care Center. In League City, 104 confirmed cases are connection to two senior care facilities: The Cottages at Clear Lake and the Regent Care Center of League City.
In Friendswood, which has 50 cases, eight cases are related to Friendship Haven Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 1500 Sunset Drive.
There's a total of 275 Galveston County cases tied to long-term care facilities within the county, which includes residents and employees, according to the health district. To date, 32 of the county's COVID-19 related deaths are connected to long-term care facilities.
Of the 795 people who have tested positive, 47.6 percent, or 378 people, are white; 22.9 percent, or 182 people, are black; 19.6 percent, or 156 people, are Hispanic or Latino; and 2 percent, or 15 people, are Asian.
Residents in Galveston County are 56.7 percent white, 12.2 percent black, 25 percent Hispanic or Latino and 3.25 percent are Asian.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the virus.
People with mild illness recover in about two weeks; those with more severe illness might take three to six weeks to recover, according to the World Health Organization.