Texas Medical Center coronavirus update: Greater Houston average case numbers highest of the pandemic

The Texas Medical Center is preparing for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases one week after Memorial Hermann Hospital Systems announced new visitor policies. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)
The Texas Medical Center is preparing for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases one week after Memorial Hermann Hospital Systems announced new visitor policies. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)

The Texas Medical Center is preparing for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases one week after Memorial Hermann Hospital Systems announced new visitor policies. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)

Harris County has reached a new height in COVID-19 cases, averaging 5,645 new cases a day, according to the Texas Medical Center.

In its weekly COVID-19 data update, the Texas Medical Center reported its ICU space as 90% full. Medical center officials are reporting an average of 401 new patients admitted per day this last week, twice the average number of admittance the week prior.



As of Jan. 2, the Texas Medical Center is reporting it has administered 2,561,741 vaccines. Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services has reported that 63.7% of Harris County’s eligible population is fully vaccinated.

In response to the influx of cases, Memorial Hermann Hospital System updated its visitor policy, reducing the number of people allowed within the hospital.

This week, the effective reproduction rate of the virus in the Medical Center was 1.31, down from a rate of 1.69 two weeks ago. The effective reproduction rate measures the extent to which the virus is spreading, with any rate over 1 showing the virus continuing to spread in the community.