Texas COVID-19 Hospitalizations fall slightly, remain high – tech2.org

Texas COVID-19 Hospitalizations fall slightly, remain high

DALLAS – Coronovirus hospitalization fell slightly in Texas on Saturday, but remained near its record high, as health officials said about 600 intensive-care beds were available statewide for about 29 million people.

Texas reported 12,319 COVID-19 patients in hospitals on Saturday, ending five consecutive days of record-breaking hospitals. But with a shortage of more than 160 patients since Friday, the virus continued to provide medical resources.

Intensive care units were full or nearly full in many parts of Texas, with 626 ICU beds available according to the Texas State Department of Health Services.

The department confirmed 96 new fatalities, as well as 3,995 new, COVID-19 and 487 possible cases. The actual number of cases is believed to be much higher because many people have not been tested and some who are ill do not show symptoms.

In the past seven days, nearly one in five coronavirus tests in Texas have turned positive, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

For most people, coronovirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, viruses can cause serious illness and be fatal.

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