Texas Medical Center offers coronavirus updates

Texas Medical Center hospitals across Greater Houston have administered over 250,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Jan. 23, an 84% increase over two weeks when inoculations were just north of 137,000, the medical center reported in its daily data dashboard.

Of those doses, more than 118,000 people have received their first shot; nearly 67,000 have been fully vaccinated — a total of about 134,000 doses counting the initial shot and the booster shot — by medical center hospitals. Medical center hospitals continue distributing to Phase 1A and 1B individuals, which includes frontline health care workers and people 65 years and older or 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition.

This comes as Texas Medical Center reports an 11.6% positivity rate among the 3,676 it tested on Jan. 23, down from 13.5% two weeks ago on Jan. 9 and 15.2% at the start of the month.

COVID-19 patient numbers have also dipped at Texas Medical Center to 2,066, joining a slight dip in the number of patients occupying intensive care unit beds at 523.

Texas Medical Center spans 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.