Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Average daily hospitalizations continue decline, drop below 100 since early July

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
(Community Impact Newspaper staff)

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)

For the first time since early July, the average number of daily coronavirus hospitalizations at Texas Medical Center hospitals has dropped below 100, the TMC reported in its weekly data dashboard.

According to Oct. 25 medical center data, the number of new hospitalizations TMC institutions were seeing each day on average from Oct. 18-24 was 89 patients, down almost 18% from the 108 patients being admitted just a week ago, and close to 39% down from the 145 patients seen two weeks ago. At their peak, new coronavirus hospitalizations at Texas Medical Center reached 390 during the week of Aug. 16-22.

Meanwhile, the TMC has shown that with a decline in new coronavirus patient admissions comes a decline in the number of patients housed in the TMC. For example, a week ago, on Oct. 18, the TMC reported 799 coronavirus patients, but that number has shrunk to 613 as of Oct. 25. For comparison, that number eclipsed 1,000 when the number of coronavirus patients was 1,081 two weeks ago.

Out of the total 613 coronavirus patients, 241 are hooked to ventilators in an intensive care unit, which is a 23% drop versus the 314 patients being treated by Texas Medical Center staff a week ago, and an almost 60% drop compared to the number of ICU patients being treated in mid-September—600.

Likewise, the seven-day average COVID-19 testing positivity rate for patients admitted to TMC hospitals continues to decline with 3.7% of the 3,050 patients tested from Oct. 18-24 coming up positive, versus 4.6% a week ago and 15% nine weeks ago, according to TMC data.

This comes as almost 78% of eligible residents in Harris County have received at least one dose of the vaccine, Harris County Public Health reported Oct. 25, with a little more than 67% fully vaccinated.
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.