The Harris County Public Health Department and the Houston Health Department combined to confirm 1,374 new cases of COVID-19 June 23 along with three deaths.
Single day totals of new cases have exceeded 1,100 in Harris County in four of the last five days as test results come in from a backlog of tests conducted earlier in June. Of the 1,374 new cases, 944 were confirmed in the city of Houston. Roughly 87% of those cases were from tests conducted between June 10-19, and 92% of the result dates were from June 14-19, according to health department officials.
Of the 24,421 cases in Harris County, 15,419 are considered active, 8,667 have recovered and 335 have died.
The number of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients in general ward beds and intensive care unit beds continue to hit new highs each day. As of June 22, a total of 1,124 patients were in general ward beds, up from 957 on the previous day. ICU beds occupancy hit 439 patients, up from 381 the previous day.
Of the 1,622 operational ICU beds across Harris County hospitals, 1,493 were occupied as of June 22, with about 29.4% of those patients hospitalized for COVID-19. Additional beds remain in surge capacity, including about 900 in the Texas Medical Center.