TMC hospitals discharged 421 COVID-19 patients in the past seven days, and overall, hospitalizations fell slightly to 399, down from 413 as of May 22. The overall number of hospitalizations has fallen from close to 750 in early April, when social distancing orders took hold.
Patients in Intensive Care Units increased, from 175 nearly a week ago to 200 reported May 29. That number represents 14% of the medical center’s ICU capacity.
Between May 22-29, the number of COVID-19-related deaths increased significantly, with 73 deaths bringing the total to date to 353, a 24% week-over-week jump.
Total COVID-19 hospitalizations since the first COVID-19 patient was admitted to Texas Medical Center now sit at 3,537, up from 3,057 on May 22.
It should be noted that the TMC does not include people under investigation for COVID-19 these figures. It only includes confirmed positive cases.
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, remains unchanged from May 22 at 7,123 tests per day.
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 across nine counties, including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties.