Texas Medical Center COVID-19 hospitalizations drop 30% in three weeks

Fewer than 500 COVID-19 patients—478—are currently checked in at Texas Medical Center hospitals. (Community Impact staff)
Fewer than 500 COVID-19 patients—478—are currently checked in at Texas Medical Center hospitals. (Community Impact staff)

Fewer than 500 COVID-19 patients—478—are currently checked in at Texas Medical Center hospitals. (Community Impact staff)

Fewer than 500 COVID-19 patients are currently checked in at Texas Medical Center hospitals as of Sept. 23, according to the medical district’s data dashboard.

With 478 patients total, that is about a 30% drop since Sept. 4, when the medical center reported 685 patients in its facilities with the viral disease.

Made with Flourish

There were 80 new COVID-19 patients admitted to Texas Medical Center facilities on Sept. 23, a slightly lower total than the 84 new COVID-19 patients per day on average the medical center has seen in the last seven days, according to the dashboard data.

The total number of intensive care units in use has dipped slightly to 1,200 over the last three weeks, according to Sept. 23 data, while the number of patients hooked to those units with COVID-19 has continued to decline, now at 163. This is far below the 1,330-bed threshold that necessitates additional staffing and beds, as outlined in the medical center’s Phase II plan.


The TMC is also reporting a diminished positivity rate of 3.5% for about 2,500 COVID-19 tests performed Sept. 22. This compares to the peak reached July 9, when 23% of patients tested positive for the coronavirus.

Data collected by TMC spans hospitals in nine counties in Greater Houston, including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties.
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

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo also spearheaded an effort to establish a $10 million Early Childhood Impact Fund, which was approved in a split 3-2 vote Oct. 27. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County establishes $10M Early Childhood Impact Fund, selects organizations to administer additional $7.3M in assistance

Approximately $17.3 million in assistance programs will soon be available to Harris County residents in need, thanks to three programs recently established by the Harris County Commissioners Court.

Houston ISD
Houston ISD adjusts COVID-19 closure criteria

If the district had continued to operate under the old rules, it would have been required to return to virtual learning as positivity rates rise in Houston.

Through a sponsorship with H-E-B, Miller Outdoor Theatre will launch its Dream Stream series Oct. 30. All performances will be held virtually. (Courtesy Miller Outdoor Theatre)
Miller Outdoor Theatre set to launch Dream Stream series Oct. 30

On Oct. 30, Miller Outdoor Theatre will host “Calavera con Calavera,” an all-Spanish Day of the Dead play performed by an all-Latino immigrant group.

The newly approved rate of $0.59920 per $100 valuation is a decrease of $0.01250 from the FY 2019-20 tax rate of $0.61170 per $100 valuation; it is intended to mitigate rising property values across the county, officials said. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approves tax rate decrease for FY 2020-21

The newly approved rate of $0.59920 per $100 valuation is a decrease of $0.01250 from the FY 2019-20 tax rate of $0.61170 per $100 valuation.

Representatives from Houston’s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America joined the Houston Young Republicans and several other groups across the political spectrum Oct. 26 to announce a campaign to alter power structure at City Hall. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston political groups across the aisle push for charter election to weaken mayoral power

Democratic socialists and conservatives teamed up to push a new ballot initiative.

Harris County residents line up outside of Big Stone Lodge in Spring to cast their votes early. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County early voter turnout on track to surpass total votes cast in 2016 election

All 122 early voting sites throughout Harris County will be open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 27-29, giving voters an additional three hours to head to the polls.

Local Foods Market
Local Foods will take over benjy's in Rice Village to expand market concept

The expansion will formally incorporate the former benjy's, which has closed after 25 years in business.

With a new name, Texas Hearing Institute has moved to a new location. (Courtesy Texas Hearing Institute)
With new location and name, Texas Hearing Institute now open

The Texas Hearing Institute is now open at its new location and is offering services.

As the Army Corps of Engineers continues to study flood mitigation options for the Buffalo Bayou, Addicks Reservoir and Barker Reservoir watersheds, officials with the Katy Prairie Conservancy said they and a coalition of other stakeholders are urging the Corps to reassess its early findings. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Katy Prairie officials call on Army Corps to rethink flooding concepts in western Harris County

As the Army Corps of Engineers continues to study flood mitigation options for the Buffalo Bayou, Addicks Reservoir and Barker Reservoir watersheds, officials with the Katy Prairie Conservancy said they and a coalition of other stakeholders are urging the Corps to reassess its early findings.

Judge Roberto Delagarza
Houston creates new system for low-income residents to address late court fees

The system was among the recommendations made by the mayor's police reform task force in their report.

(Courtesy NewQuest Properties)
Shogun Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar opens in Spring and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.