Fort Bend County HHS Reports First COVID-19 Related Death

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services is announcing the first COVID-19 related death in Fort Bend County. 

The resident was a woman in her 70s with significant pre-existing medical conditions.She was hospitalized briefly prior to passing away and her physicians agree that COVID-19 was a contributory factor in her death. She died at a local hospital late Wednesday, March 25. The department received test results today confirming the woman as a COVID-19 case.

“The hearts and prayers of Fort Bend County are with the patient’s family in these trying times,” said KP George, Fort Bend County Judge and Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. “As a community, we must come together to follow the CDC Guidelines and the Fort Bend County ‘Stay Home to Save Lives’ Order to slow the spread of this unprecedented global pandemic.”

COVID-19 has been identified in our communities, and likely above the number of cases we already know. Most people infected by the virus suffer mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover.

“This is a tragic and sad outcome for this family and our community. Today we face a historic public health event affecting not only Fort Bend County but communities around the globe,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, Local Health Authority and Director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the patient’s family and friends.”

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services continues to work closely with the local and regional partners, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve. It is critical that individuals and organizations take action to slow the spread of the virus following all applicable guidance. We all need to take precautions to protect the most vulnerable populations within our communities and slow this disease. 

Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The health department is unable to release any additional patient information.

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