Fort Bend County lowers COVID threat to 'minimal'

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FORT BEND COUNTY, TX (Covering Katy) - Fort Bend County Judge KP George lowered the COVID-19 threat level today.

The threat level was moved from yellow to green, or from low risk to minimal risk.

"Two years ago, on March 4, the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Texas was discovered in Fort Bend County. The pandemic shut down a wide range of economic and social interactions and created tremendous challenges to families, businesses, and communities," the press release said.

"Fort Bend County has been at the forefront of COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts which has led to the county being one of the most vaccinated counties in the state with 87% of Fort Bend County residents ages 5 and up receiving one dose, 78% ages 5 and up being fully vaccinated, nearly 100% of residents 65 and up receiving one dose, and 97% of 65 and up being fully vaccinated," the media advisory said.

The New York Times reports "an average of 95 cases per day were reported in Fort Bend County, a 49 percent decrease from the average two weeks ago. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 5 residents have been infected, a total of 179,195 reported cases."

"This is a historic move in the right direction made possible by Fort Bend residents which continues to be one of the top vaccinated counties in Texas per capita, our healthcare workers, first responders, and everyone involved in fighting COVID-19," George said.

KP George took office on Jan. 1, 2019. He is the county's top elected official and presides over the Commissioners Court, which oversees the County’s more than 3,000 employees and its nearly 500 million-dollar budget. Additionally, Judge George is the Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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