The Galveston County Health District announced 30 new coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the total up to 847 from 817.

It’s the most cases reported since April 10, when new cases totaled 33, according to the health district. For about three weeks in May, daily new cases hovered in the single digits.

Of the 30 new cases, 17 were the result of state-mandated testing in nursing homes, according to the health district.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Galveston County remained at 37 people Monday.

A total of 471 people have recovered after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

As of Monday, 31,339 Galveston County residents have been tested for COVID-19.

About 9.2 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 26 people were hospitalized because of COVID-19 Monday, 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 263, and Texas City has the second most with 234 cases.

In Texas City, 94 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, 117 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 56 cases, eight cases are related to Friendship Haven Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 1500 Sunset Drive.

There’s a total of 292 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 847 people who have tested positive, 46.9 percent, or 397 people, are white; 22.6 percent, or 191 people, are black; 19.6 percent, or 166 people, are Hispanic or Latino; and 1.8 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 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.


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(5) comments

Ted Gillis

My gosh, I feel so sorry for the elderly in these nursing homes. After living a long life, dodging all kinds of life challenges throughout their years, and staying healthy enough to live long lives, they are now sitting ducks inside these places.

Just push me out to sea on an inner tube when my time comes.

Bailey Jones

Just surround me with people who actually care whether I live or die.

Carlos Ponce

Shark bait?

Michael Moriarty

I suspect part of this is the increased availability of testing, but the reality remains, without a vaccine, this virus will continue to spread and kill vulnerable people.

Carlos Ponce

Then protect the vulnerable people. I visited my brother four times each week in the nursing home before this and they're keeping an eye on him, keeping his spirits up. If I cannot see him until a vaccine is developed that would be unwelcome but for the best.

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