TEXAS — New cases of COVID-19 held steady in Texas on Monday but hospitalizations have skyrocketed, state data shows.
The Texas Department of State Health Services on Monday afternoon reported 41,968 new confirmed cases of the virus as well as 5,269 new probable cases.
Six additional fatalities attributed to the disease were reported.
A total 10,417 Texans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Of them, 2,001 are in intensive care and 1,125 are on ventilators. A total 1,781 COVID patients were admitted to Texas hospitals in the 24 hours leading up to DSHS’S latest update.
Texas hasn’t seen this many hospitalizations for COVID since September 2021.
Texas now has 389 pediatric patients being treated for the virus in hospitals.
Dallas County on Monday reported 2,574 additional cases of COVID. The county remains at level red of its COVID risk-related guidelines, indicating a high risk of transmission.
Austin-Travis County is reporting 539 current hospitalizations for COVID, including 68 patients currently on ventilators. The region remains in Stage 5 of risk-based guidelines, which includes the most stringent recommendations to curb the spread of the disease.
San Antonio on Monday reported 4,023 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths attributed to it. A total 815 people there are hospitalized with the virus, 186 of whom are in intensive care. San Antonio is currently at the severe COVID-19 risk level.
In Harris County, which includes Houston, Judge Lina Hidalgo has raised the threat level to red, the county’s highest level.