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Montgomery Co. Recording Rise In COVID Infections, And Reinfections

Montgomery County Gazette

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By: Jessica Shorten

CONROE, TX – Montgomery County has been one of many places which have tossed COVID-19 health precautions out the window in the past few months of 2021. After months of steady decline, cases are beginning to rise again with the removal of all restrictions, low vaccination rates, and emerging new variants.

For the first time in months, the positivity rate for Montgomery County rose instead of falling. Sitting at 5%, the rate may seem small, but is a sign of an increase in testing and infections, as reflected in our active case counts.

The Montgomery County Public Health District stopped reporting new COVID cases on a daily basis as a result in the decline of new cases; alternating to once-a-week reporting. For the past several weeks, active case counts dropped down to the 500 range, but shot up to 800 this week alone with the 473 new cases reported in the past week. The removal of inactive cases, those the Public Health District have been unable to contact for 30 days or more, typically staved off big spikes in the active case count. With only 117 “inactive” cases to remove, the rate of new cases is sending the numbers up.

With the emergence of the highly contagious Delta variant, a new metric has been added to the Public Health District’s tally: reinfections.

According to MCPHD, a reinfection is defined as “2 positive PCR tests at least 90 apart, with no consecutive tests in between.” So far, Montgomery County has recorded 45 re-infections with COVID-19. A reminder that natural antibodies one may have acquired from contracting COVID-19 do not guarantee protection against the virus in the future.

According to SETRAC, Montgomery County hospitals currently have 55 COVID-19 patients; 15 are in ICU care while the remaining 40 are in general/isolation care.

Over the past week, 7 new deaths were recorded in people aged 20-80:

  • A man in his 20s, from Spring, died in the hospital. He had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.
  • A man in his 40s, from Spring, died in the hospital. There were no co-morbidities noted in his medical records.
  • A man in his 50s, from Willis, died in the hospital. He had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.
  • A man in his 60s, from Spring, died in the hospital. He had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.
  • A man in his 70s, from Splendora, died in the hospital. He had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.
  • A man in his 70s, from Spring, died in the hospital. He had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.
  • A woman in her 80s, from Splendora, died in the hospital. She had co-morbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.

While the vaccines currently approved for emergency use do appear to protect against severe complications from the Delta variant, Montgomery County only has 33% of the eligible population vaccinated.

Despite administering 492,839 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, only 236,079 people in Montgomery County have been fully vaccinated. This means a massive portion of the residents in Montgomery County do not have the extra protection against COVID-19 or the variants which are spreading throughout Southeast Texas.

While requirements surrounding mask wearing, social distancing, and general sanitization may not be in effect; it does not diminish their effect in protecting people against the virus. As cases begin increase, please do your part to keep yourself and others safe and prevent the continuing spread of COVID-19.

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