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.


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