Texas Medical Center: Weekly average for COVID-19 hospitalizations continues downward trend, drops to lowest since mid-July

For the seventh week in a row, the number of weekly average coronavirus hospitalizations at the Texas Medical Center has declined, with 145 new patients being seen on average each day from Oct. 4-10. This is a nearly 17% drop compared to the week prior, according to the medical center’s data dashboard.

This compares to the 328 hospitalizations the medical center was seeing each day on average from Sept. 6-12, and the 390 hospitalizations at its peak from Aug. 16-22, according to the Texas Medical Center data.

This decline is similar to other coronavirus metrics tracked by the Texas Medical Center, including overall patient numbers, intensive care unit capacity, and the number of ICU patients.

According to Oct. 11 data, a total of 1,081 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized at Texas Medical Center institutions, down from 1,340 seen a week ago on Oct. 4. Four weeks prior, those patient numbers were close to reaching 2,400.

Of the current hospitalized patients, 389 are on ventilators in an ICU, down by 16% from the 466 patients the medical center had been treating a week ago. Furthermore, these patient numbers are lower than the 600 ICU patients medical center hospitals had been treating in mid-September.


Meanwhile, the seven-day average COVID-19 testing positivity rate for patients admitted to Texas Medical Center hospitals was down to 5.4% from Aug. 4-10, for 3,165 patients that were tested. That is a decrease from the 7% the week prior, and a significant drop compared to seven weeks ago when those testing positive for the coronavirus hit almost 15%.

Texas Medical Center reports that rate as nearly 77% of eligible residents in Harris County have received at least one dose of the vaccine, Harris County Public Health reported on Oct. 12.

Demographic data tracked by Harris County Public Health and the Houston Health Department, meanwhile, show that residents aged 0-19 years old represented 25.4% of all weekly cases in Harris County and the city of Houston on Oct. 4, down from 28.8% on Sept. 20, and 35.1% reported on Aug. 30.
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.


MOST RECENT

ExxonMobil has held office space at Hughes Landing in The Woodlands. (Courtesy The Howard Hughes Corp.)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: ExxonMobil to bring Hughes Landing employees back to Spring location; Dave's Hot Chicken to open in Plano and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 27.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg outlines the current domestic violence situation in the county during an Oct. 27 web panel. (Community Impact Newspaper via Harris County District Attorney's Office)
Harris County District Attorney's Office outlines plan to combat domestic violence

To date, 10,888 domestic violence assault cases have been filed so far in 2021.

Harris County residents with certain disabilities will now have better access to potentially life-saving information, thanks to a new accessible alert system launched by The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Oct. 26. (Screenshot via Facebook Live)
Ready Harris rolls out new accessible alert system

Known as the Ready Harris Accessible Alert System, the new program will provide accessible alerts, warnings and preparedness information to individuals who are deaf, blind, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or low vision.

From left, Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Wayne Young, CEO of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, and Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis announced a new community-initiated mental health care project during a press conference Oct. 26. (Screenshot via Facebook Live)
Harris County officials unveil new three-year $8.93M community-initiated mental health care initiative

The community care model will focus on 10 ZIP codes totaling about 300,000 residents that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and suicide, and that have a lower utilization of behavioral health care services, by providing mental health education and training to members of the community.

Though a date has yet to be determined, Rice University will soon join the American Athletic Conference. (Courtesy Rice University)
Rice University to join American Athletic Conference

Rice University athletics will soon be moving to another conference with longtime rivals.

The Ion and Capital Factory have partnered to provide more startup support for entrepreneurs. (Courtesy The Ion)
The Ion, Capital Factory announce programming partnership for Houston startup community

Midtown's The Ion will serve as the Houston headquarters for a new mentorship provider.

Harris County Deputy Kareem Atkins was honored by Harris County commissioners on Oct. 26. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County commissioners designate Oct. 25 as 'Deputy Kareem Atkins Day'

“Deputy Kareem Atkins Day” will be celebrated annually to recognize Atkins' heroism and service, Judge Lina Hidalgo said at the court’s Oct. 26 regular meeting. According to Hidalgo, Atkins was the first Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office deputy to be fatally shot.

"The Dude" is the signature burger at Lebowski's Grill. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Lebowski's Grill upends expectations in Austin; first Houston-area Costco Business Center opens in Stafford and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 26.

New statewide maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
Gov. Abbott approves new voting maps for state legislature, Congress, school districts for next decade

The maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022, after the state legislature passed them during a 30-day special session.

Houston nonprofit Theatre Under the Stars will look to open a new education and arts center as an anchor tenant in the new Ion District in Midtown. (Courtesy Melissa Taylor/Theatre Under the Stars)
Theatre Under the Stars announces eventual opening of new education, arts center at Midtown Ion District

The nonprofit has announced it is seeking to build a new building that will eventually serve as an anchor tenant in Midtown’s new Ion District.

The statewide job fair will connect veterans to employers as well as other resource providers. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Statewide job fair aims to connect Texas veterans and their families to employers

The job fair is coming to local Texas Workforce Solutions offices, some of which are having early admission for veterans and their families.