Texas Medical Center coronavirus update: ICU numbers drop almost 20%; new hospitalizations plateau

The average number of new coronavirus patients per day has plateaued at Texas Medical Center institutions, though numbers remain at some of their lowest levels since the pandemic began, the medical center reported in its data dashboard.

From Nov. 15-21, the medical center reported 64 new coronavirus patients per day on average, on par with 63 hospitalizations experienced two weeks ago, the medical center has reported.

For comparison, that is among the lowest Texas Medical Center hospitals have experienced since early July, when case numbers were 58 per day, on average, from July 5-11. That compares to a peak of 390 cases seen on average from Aug. 16-22.

What has seen continued declines over the last two weeks is the number of coronavirus patients hooked to ventilators in an intensive care unit with 130 patients reported most recently versus 162 just two weeks prior, according to medical center data. The drop in coronavirus ICU patients has continued since mid-September, when the Texas Medical Center reported about 600 coronavirus ICU patient numbers—some of its highest since the pandemic started.

Still, the total number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the institutions attached to the Texas Medical Center remains about at parity with 387 reported Nov. 21 versus 390 hospitalized two weeks ago. Compared to a little more than a month ago, on Oct. 18, the hospitals had reported 799 coronavirus patients.


The seven-day average COVID-19 testing positivity rate for patients admitted to the Texas Medical Center is also at parity with previous weeks, with 2.6% of 3,106 patients tested from Nov. 15-21 coming up positive, versus the 2.6% of 3,079 patients tested from Nov. 1-7 coming up positive.

This comes as 80.2% of eligible residents in Harris County have received at least one dose of the vaccine, Harris County Public Health reported Nov. 23, with 69.2% fully vaccinated.
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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