Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Daily average hospitalizations drop 15% week over week; ICU sees dip in number of patients

Common coronavirus metrics tracked by the Texas Medical Center are on the decline, according to the medical center’s data dashboard.

On Sept. 20, the Texas Medical Center reported COVID-19 ICU patient numbers have seen a slight dip compared to last week—a 5% decline—from 610 down to 579.

In total, coronavirus patients at TMC hospitals number 2,107, which in itself is an 11% decline compared to the 2,374 patients those hospitals housed just a week ago, according to the TMC dashboard data. However, while that total has decreased, the percentage of those patients that are hooked to ventilators in the ICU is 27%.

Meanwhile, the average number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations seen on any day during the week of Sept. 13-19 was 271, down 15% from the number of new coronavirus hospital admissions seen a week prior, which was 328 per day on average the previous week.

This comes as the number of hospital visitors being tested positive for COVID-19 remains on the decline, with an 11% positivity rate of the 3,359 tested between Sept. 13-19. For context, that is down compared to the 13.1% that tested positive a week ago, and 13.8% a week prior to that.


The coronavirus cases felt at Texas Medical Center hospitals come as almost 75% of eligible residents in Harris County have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to Sept. 20 Harris County Public Health data.

Though the Texas Medical Center doesn’t publish its own coronavirus age and demographic data, Harris County Public Health and the Houston Health Department do in their data hub.

According to this data, residents age 0-19 years old represented 26.6% of all weekly cases, the two health agencies reported on Aug. 16. By Aug. 30, that weekly percentage increased to 35.5%, though by Sept. 6, that percentage had dipped to 33.4%.
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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