These figures come from daily COVID-19 data released by the medical center, which includes numbers from member institutions, such as St. Luke’s, Harris Health System, Houston Methodist, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann and Texas Children’s Hospital across nine counties.
Testing capacity for Polymerase Chain Reaction tests, one of the most common and accurate ways to test patients for infection by the SARS-CoV-2 viral strain, is 6,609 tests per day, down from 6,700 tests per day a week ago, according to the medical center report.
In total, Texas Medical Center has seen 2,387 COVID-19 patients walk through its doors since the pandemic began, a week-over-week increase of 12%. Of that number, 417 have been hospitalized as of May 6—179 of those in ICUs.
It should be noted that the Texas Medical Center does not include people under investigation for COVID-19 in counting current hospitalization figures nor in the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs.