Fort Bend County drops COVID threat level from orange to yellow

RICHMOND, Texas (KTRK) -- Fort Bend County officials have dropped its COVID-19 community risk to the 'yellow' level. It's described as a low to moderate coronavirus risk for their community.

According to the county's website, the yellow level is listed as the point when residents can resume careful contact with others.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George said Tuesday that more than 460,000 people in the county have received at least one vaccine dose. That makes more than 46% of the county's residents over the age of 16 who are at least partially vaccinated.

"That's a great accomplishment," George said. "I'm very proud to say that today we will be lowering our threat level from orange to yellow in Fort Bend County. That means our numbers are getting better."

He continued to remind residents to stay vigilant and not let their guard down.

County leaders announced the update Tuesday morning at a press conference where they touted their new mobile health care unit, purchased with CARES Act funds in order to reach those underserved neighborhoods throughout Fort Bend County.

COVID-19 cases have been decreasing in Fort Bend, with the most recent data stating just 54 new cases announced on Sunday. The county's highest point of cases was announced on Jan. 5, with a total that day of 1,362.

The county had previously raised the threat level to red between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, after raising it to orange earlier in November in an effort to limit holiday gatherings to fewer than 10 people.

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