COVID-19 hospitalizations on rise at Tarrant County hospitals

See how the percentage of COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized differs in North Texas counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
See how the percentage of COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized differs in North Texas counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

See how the percentage of COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized differs in North Texas counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Since the start of the holiday season, the average number of adults hospitalized with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases has been on the rise in Tarrant County.

In the first week of December, Tarrant County’s trauma service area hit a 15% hospitalization rate, triggering a series of rollback guidelines for restaurants, retail shops and bars in the area.

As of Dec. 6, the percentage of all beds used by COVID-19 patients in Tarrant County hospitals was at 18%. In northeast Tarrant County, the hospitalization rate is mostly in line with countywide data with a few exceptions.

At Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Grapevine, the number of confirmed and suspected cases averaged around 40 per week in November.

During that same time, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance saw roughly 30 confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 per week.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance has the highest total number of intensive care unit beds used on a weekly basis in the area, with an average of 18 to 23 beds used weekly, according to data from the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services.


In Southlake, local hospitals Methodist Southlake and Texas Health Harris Methodist Southlake have some of the lowest COVID-19 case numbers in the area with an average of four ICU beds or fewer used weekly.

Looking at the weekly average of inpatient beds used for COVID-19 patients, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Grapevine has the highest number of beds used, with between 160 and 250 beds used per week.


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By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.