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ICU beds reach new low in Texas as COVID cases pass 250,000 mark

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 7/12/2020 Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle
a group of people in a room: The number of available intensive care unit beds in Texas hospitals has reached a new low as statewide COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic climbed above the 250,000 mark. © Go Nakamura / Bloomberg

The number of available intensive care unit beds in Texas hospitals has reached a new low as statewide COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic climbed above the 250,000 mark.

The number of available intensive care unit beds in Texas hospitals has reached a new low as statewide COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic climbed above the 250,000 mark.

Statewide infections grew by 10,342 cases, state officials reported Saturday, while another 96 people died — marking 255,763 cases in Texas and the number of statewide deaths to 3,156 people.

The 24-hour period marks the third-highest day for new deaths and new cases since the pandemic began in January.

Statewide, there are a record-high 10,083 patients hospitalized for lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases With an estimated 11,188 ICU beds in the state, that only leaves 930 available. That’s the lowest number of available ICU beds since the Houston Chronicle started tracking the data in mid-March.

There are 5,233 ventilators available in the state.

COVID-19 infections in the Houston area grew by 2,338 cases since Friday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the eight-county region to 62,127 people.

The last days market the five highest days for deaths and new cases.

Since the start of June, there have been about 114,500 new COVID-19 cases, accounting for 45 percent of the state’s total.

Deaths since June make up a quarter of those who have died from highly contagious respiratory disease. 

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