The number of COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations has risen from the low 200s in mid-November to 380 on Dec. 3, following a similar trend that was seen in June, when ICU hospitalizations rose from the low 200s in early June to 382 on June 22. That trend would continue with ICU hospitalizations hitting 581 on July 1 and would pass 700 by mid-July.
Another 1,810 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Harris County Dec. 3, with 1,137 of those cases coming from the city of Houston and 673 being confirmed in Harris County outside of the city. The seven-day average for daily new cases was at 1,020 on Dec. 3 and has for the most part hovered between 900 and 1,100 since mid-November.
The virus spread is still increasing in Harris County, according to the Texas Medical Center, with the effective reproduction rate at 1.15 as of Dec. 2, up slightly from the previous week. The rate attempts to gauge how many new people are infected by each person who contracts the virus. Any rate above 1 means the virus spread is increasing.
The Harris County case count now stands at 194,899, with 20,423 active cases, 172,008 recovered cases and 2,453 deaths. The 14-day average for testing positivity in Harris County was around 8.9% as of the most recent data on Nov. 26, down slightly from 9.4% one week prior.