Harris County coronavirus count: Virus spread, hospitalizations continue to rise

The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 continues to rise in Harris County with patient totals reaching 586 in the county's general wards and 232 in intensive care units as of Nov. 19. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 continues to rise in Harris County with patient totals reaching 586 in the county's general wards and 232 in intensive care units as of Nov. 19. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 continues to rise in Harris County with patient totals reaching 586 in the county's general wards and 232 in intensive care units as of Nov. 19. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 continues to rise in Harris County with patient totals reaching 586 in the county's general wards and 232 in intensive care units as of Nov. 19, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.

Those numbers are up from 483 patients in general wards and 212 in ICUs one week ago, and up from 380 in general wards and 183 in ICUs at the start of the month, according to SETRAC. The percentage of people with COVID-19 in the county's ICUs has risen above 15%. In the Texas Medical Center, ICU beds are about 93% occupied.

Meanwhile, the effective reproduction rate of the coronavirus—a metric tracked by the Texas Medical Center that shows how fast the virus is spreading—was at 1.1 as of Nov. 17, up slightly from the previous week. Any number above 1 means the virus spread is increasing, and TMC officials said the rate needs to stay below 1 for 15 consecutive days to demonstrate community control of the virus.


A total of 1,345 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Harris County on Nov. 19, the second day in a row that more than 1,000 cases were confirmed. A total of 1,158 of those cases were confirmed in the city of Houston while 187 were confirmed in Harris County outside of the city.

The seven day average for new cases confirmed per day in Harris County hit 986.86 on Nov. 19, up from the high 500s at the start of the month. The 14-day average for testing positivity also continued to rise in Harris County, hitting 8.5% as of the most recent data Nov. 12.

In response to the worsening trends, Harris County officials are urging residents to cancel gatherings over the Thanksgiving holiday and limit any gatherings to people who already live together in the same household. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommended against traveling for Thanksgiving in a Nov. 19 advisory.

The total number of cases in Harris County now stands at 178,811, with 15,452 active cases, 160,967 recovered cases and 2,380 deaths.




By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


MOST RECENT

Dozens of clinics throughout the county offer COVID-19 testing services. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
COVID-19 testing locations remain open in Montgomery County and more local news

Read the latest Houston-area business and community news.

Shoot 360 is coming soon to the Cy-Fair area. (Courtesy Shoot 360)
Shoot 360 to bring unique basketball training center to Cy-Fair area

Shoot 360 uses interactive technology to help athletes develop their shooting, passing and ball-handling skills.

With the biennial Texas Legislative Session set to begin Jan. 12, a number of bills have already been filed by state representatives and senators who cover the Cy-Fair area. (Courtesy Fotolia)
See what bills have been filed so far by Cy-Fair-area state legislators

With the biennial Texas Legislative Session set to begin Jan. 12, a number of bills have already been filed by state representatives and senators who cover the Cy-Fair area.

Harris County continues to report more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cy-Fair area. (Community Impact staff)
1,434 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Cy-Fair from Nov. 18-24

Harris County continues to report more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cy-Fair area.

Heading into Thanksgiving, Texas Medical Center continues to report uptick in hospitalizations

The total number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Texas Medical Center facilities has increased by more than 50% over two weeks.

The Harris County Justice Administration Department is working to release final reports and launch pilot programs in early 2021. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Justice Administration Department makes headway on countywide criminal justice studies

The department is working to release the final versions of several studies and launch pilot programs with local law enforcement groups in early 2021.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

Nekter Juice Bar is now open in Cypress. (Courtesy Nekter Juice Bar)
Nekter Juice Bar opens new Cypress location

The new juice bar opened this weekend at the Boardwalk at Towne Lake.

Laura Colangelo
Q&A: Laura Colangelo discusses challenges facing private schools during pandemic

Colangelo said private schools have adapted to remote learning and other obstacles in 2020 despite less revenue and a 9% decline in enrollment statewide.

Shake Shack opened its new standalone location at The Woodlands Mall in November. (Courtesy Christine Han)
Shake Shack opens in The Woodlands Mall and more Houston-area updates

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area.

The Skeeters will be the first-ever independent baseball league team to become an MLB team's Triple-A affiliate. (Courtesy Sugar Land Skeeters)
Sugar Land Skeeters selected as Triple-A affiliate for Houston Astros

In joining the Houston Astros organization, the Sugar Land Skeeters will be the first-ever independent baseball league team to become an MLB team's Triple-A affiliate.