Officials with the Harris County Public Health Department and the Houston Health Department confirmed a combined 188 new cases of COVID-19 on May 21, along with 144 recoveries and six deaths.
Four new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in the city of Houston, including three men in their 70s and one man in his 90s. Harris County did not provide demographic data on the two deaths to be confirmed in the county outside of the city of Houston.
Active cases of COVID-19 came in at 6,012 in Harris County as of May 21, up from 5,208 one week ago on May 14. However, the total number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 have remained flat over that time in Harris County, according to data compiled by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.
SETRAC reported 622 suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients in both general and intensive care unit beds in Harris County as of May 14. As of May 20, that number had fallen to 592.
Roughly 1,413 of the 1,628 ICU beds in Harris County were occupied on May 20, according to SETRAC, with another 3,000 beds available in surge capacity. About 6,300 of the 15,300 general beds were occupied in Harris County as of May 20.