Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Hospital system reports 2.2% positivity rate, down 13% year to date

The seven-day average for coronavirus positivity hit 2.2% in Texas Medical Center hospitals as of the most recent data from June 19, one of the lowest rates the medical center has reported since the pandemic began.

That rate compares to the 15.2% of tests that were coming back positive across the TMC's hospitals Jan. 1, which includes hospitals in Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties. The trend also comes as the Texas Medical Center has increased the total number of vaccine doses it has administered from around 137,000 on Jan. 1 to over 2 million as of June 19, and the state’s vaccine rollout has reached a point where everyone 12 years and older is eligible to receive a vaccine.


Meanwhile, COVID-19 patient numbers at medical center hospitals fell to 309, down from the over 2,000 patients those same hospitals were housing in January, according to Texas Medical Center data.

Capacity for intensive care units is also up, with about 1,287 ICU beds currently in use compared to over 1,400 in use in January. In addition, the number of those beds being used by COVID-19 patients has decreased, from 470 in January to 102 as reported June 20.

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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