Texas Medical Center provides latest COVID-19 update after 2 years

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – After two years, the Texas Medical Center announced that it provided its latest COVID-19 data update on the dashboard on Monday.

“With advances in treatment and successes in vaccination, we are now able to effectively manage the virus in our community. On Monday, May 9, TMC will release a final series of dashboards to conclude this collective effort. We thank all teams from TMC member institutions who have been providing this data for over two years,” TMC said on its website.

In the latest data set, TMC reported an average of 645 new cases reported daily during the week of May 2, up from 377 the previous week. Daily hospitalizations fell to 59 cases from 62 the previous week.

“I don’t think anyone is ready to raise the flag (saying) we conquered. We’re done. (Or) it’s over.” Roberta Schwartz, who is executive vice president of Houston Methodist Hospital, said. “What I would tell you is that we’re in a lull right now. There aren’t a lot of people looking at a scoreboard when we’re in a stable period of time.”

The combined positivity rate for Houston and Harris County is 5%.

“The reason some of the efforts are directed towards other things is that we are seeing a decrease in the severity of the disease, a decrease in hospitalizations and deaths at the moment,” said Dr Ericka Brown, the authority Acting Local Health Officer of Harris County Public Health. . “We think for our state or our county, I hate to use the word relax, but we can decrease some of our efforts.”

Brown said they are still seeing people seeking testing at their sites and vaccines. She said a lot of the people who wanted the hit were hesitant at first and wanted to see how others fared.

She credits vaccinations with lower hospitalization rates, a manageable number of positive cases and big events, like the Houston Rodeo, not causing a spike in the community.

“We haven’t seen a peak for the rodeo, and we’re very, very excited about it,” Brown said. “I can’t stress enough, I know I keep saying this, it has a lot to do with our vaccination rates and the efforts everyone has put in place to keep our community safe.”

But despite what may seem like a big step for the TMC to stop updating its COVID dashboards, Schwartz said the virus is not at the point of being considered other common illnesses.

“The one thing I’ve learned about COVID is to try not to completely predict based on what’s happening today, what’s going to happen next month,” Schwartz said. “It’s every time I think we’re going to be quiet until the fall there’s a new push or a new variation. I don’t think we’re in the state yet where we have a season flu or we don’t have a flu season.”

Those hoping to continue monitoring the numbers for Houston and Harris County can track the latest information on their combined dashboard.

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