Texas Medical Center reports week-over-week increases in COVID-19 discharges, deaths; hospitalized numbers decrease

Texas Medical Center has reported an 18% week-over-week increase in discharges for COVID-19 patients, a 15% week-over-week increase in deaths and a 7% week-over-week decrease in current hospitalizations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Medical Center has reported an 18% week-over-week increase in discharges for COVID-19 patients, a 15% week-over-week increase in deaths and a 7% week-over-week decrease in current hospitalizations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Texas Medical Center has reported an 18% week-over-week increase in discharges for COVID-19 patients, a 15% week-over-week increase in deaths and a 7% week-over-week decrease in current hospitalizations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Texas Medical Center is reporting an 18% week-over-week increase in discharges for COVID-19 patients, at 1,737, while the number of deaths caused by the viral disease has increased 15% week over week to 233 patients, according to May 6 data; current COVID-19 hospitalizations, meanwhile, are down by 7%, at 417.

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.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.