A total of 595 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Harris County on Sept. 2, including 176 new cases in the city of Houston and 419 new cases in Harris County outside of the city.
Sept. 2 marked the third straight day the city of Houston reported fewer than 200 new cases. The city reported 127 new cases on Sept. 1 and 158 new cases on Aug. 31. The city reported between 250-450 new cases per day for most of last week. For Harris County outside of the city, the past three days netted 419, 768 and 680 new cases, respectively.
The testing positivity rate in Texas Medical Center hospitals was around 5.8% as of the most recent update Sept. 1.
Another 28 deaths caused by the coronavirus were confirmed Sept. 2, bringing the death toll in the county to 1,371 with 119 deaths confirmed over the past seven days. The total case count in Harris County now stands at 108,085, with 16,197 active cases, 90,515 recovered cases and 1,371 deaths.
The number of COVID-19 patients in Harris County hospitals has remained largely flat over the past week after several weeks of slow decreases. The number of patients in general wards was at 559 on Sept. 2, down from 611 one week ago on Aug. 26, according to the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. The number of patients in intensive care units was at 267 on Sept. 2, down from 278 on Aug. 26.