Texas’ positive COVID-19 test rate saw a sharp increase Wednesday, from 13.88 percent to 15.58 percent, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of state data.
The increase comes as the state’s seven-day rolling average for new cases jumped to 8,568.1. A day after reporting 10,039 new infections, Texas saw an increase of another 9,571 cases, bringing the statewide total to 475,847.
Texas also reported 246 deaths — the 4th highest increase to date — for a total of 8,003 statewide.
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The Houston region’s count is 114,202, up 2,365 from Tuesday. Harris County added 1,371 new cases Wednesday and is now at 80,914 cases total. There have been 1,866 deaths in the Houston region, up 58 from Tuesday,
Statewide, there were 8,455 patients hospitalized for lab-confirmed COVID-19. There are 54,687 total staffed hospital beds and 11,328 beds available, including 1,155 ICU beds. There are 6,544 ventilators available.