Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Hospitalizations decline; more intensive care unit beds free up

Texas Medical Center saw a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases week over week along with decreases in hospitalizations. (Courtesy Texas Medical Center)
Texas Medical Center saw a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases week over week along with decreases in hospitalizations. (Courtesy Texas Medical Center)

Texas Medical Center saw a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases week over week along with decreases in hospitalizations. (Courtesy Texas Medical Center)

For the third straight week, the average daily number of new COVID-19 cases being confirmed in the Texas Medical Center has fallen.

An average of 3,885 people per day tested positive between Jan. 31-Feb. 6., which was more than a 28% decrease over last week’s daily average of 5,425 cases per day, according to the TMC’s Feb. 4th COVID-19 Key Takeaways update.



Hospitalizations have also continued their downward trend. The TMC reported an average of 301 new COVID-19 patients per day were admitted between Jan. 31-Feb. 6, down from 338 the previous week.

Hospital bed usage has steadily declined from its peak in January. Intensive care unit bed usage has mostly followed the same trend, according to SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council data. A total of 432 people in ICUs tracked by SETRAC had COVID-19 as of Feb. 6, down from a recent high of 571 on Feb. 1.

The Texas Medical Center has reported its facilities have administered on average 2,558 vaccine doses per day this last week. Roughly 65.7% of those eligible to receive the vaccine in Harris County are fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

By George Wiebe

Reporter, Bellaire/Meyerland/West University

George joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.