Texas Medical Center reports continued week-over-week increases in COVID discharges, deaths; hospitalizations, ICU numbers remain steady

Texas Medical Center has seen nearly a 26% increase in COVID-19 discharges over the past few weeks. (Courtesy Texas Medical Center)
Texas Medical Center has seen nearly a 26% increase in COVID-19 discharges over the past few weeks. (Courtesy Texas Medical Center)

Texas Medical Center has seen nearly a 26% increase in COVID-19 discharges over the past few weeks. (Courtesy Texas Medical Center)

Texas Medical Center has seen nearly a 26% increase in COVID-19 discharges across its member institutions since May 6, according to a May 22 daily update from the medical center.

There have been 2,364 discharges in the medical center, up from 1,737 on May 6.

While deaths at the medical center caused by COVID-19 have increased from 233 to 280 in the same period, current COVID hospitalizations have remained steady, at 413 patients, compared to 417 on May 6. Of those hospitalized patients, 175 are in ICUs, according to May 22 data, which remains comparable to the 179 the medical center saw May 6.

It should be noted that the Texas Medical Center does not include people under investigation for COVID in counting current hospitalization figures nor in the number of COVID patients in ICUs.

Total COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased over the same period, at 3,057, as compared to the 2,387 patients Texas Medical Center had treated until May 6.


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, meanwhile, has seen an expansion, at 7,123 tests per day, as compared to 6,609 tests per day the medical center was able to accommodate as of May 6.

All these figures come from daily COVID-19 data released by the medical center, which includes numbers from member institutions spanning St. Luke’s, Harris Health System, Houston Methodist, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann and Texas Children’s Hospital locations across nine counties, including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties.
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.