Saturday coronavirus updates: Record number of ICU patients with COVID-19 – Houston Chronicle

Galveston County reported 7 deaths on Saturday, its greatest single-day overall of the pandemic.

In the 25-county region anchored by Harris County, 1,136 COVID clients remained in ICU beds, according to the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council database, a 11 percent dive from Friday. The total number hospitalized with the virus fell to 3,727.

Texas set a record Saturday for COVID hospitalizations with 10,658. The state reported 753 deaths in the past week, its worst seven-day stretch considering that the pandemic arrived in the state in March.

Health specialists and public health officials are pleased by the leveling off of hospitalizations in the past week. The figure stays high, and will require to come down significantly if flailing agreement tracing efforts are to enhance. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo are calling for a 2nd stay-home duration to bring the infection back under control.

The Houston region set a record Saturday for the variety of COVID-19 clients requiring extensive care, hospital records show, though the total variety of admitted patients declined for the third straight day.

There are still troubling indications, nevertheless. Because of COVID clients, the Texas Medical Center remains above its 100 percent base ICU capability.