TEXAS — While Texas continues to deal with the delta variant-fueled COVID-19 virus there are signs it’s beginning to abate somewhat.

What You Need To Know

  • For the first time in several weeks, Texas is reporting fewer than 13,000 current hospitalizations for COVID-19

  • The state on Tuesday, however, reported 23,460 new cases of the virus, 17,373 of which are confirmed and 6,087 of which are probable 

  • Austin-Travis County appears to be nearing a return to Stage 4 of risk-based COVID guidelines

  • Dallas remains at the most stringent level of guidelines while San Antonio is currently listed at moderate risk 

For the first time in a long time there are fewer than 13,000 Texans hospitalized with the virus. The Texas Department of State Health Services on Tuesday reported there are currently 12,973 patients in Texas hospitals with the virus.

The state health agency additionally reports that of those hospitalized 8,987 are adults in general hospital beds and 3,712 are adults in intensive care. A total 274 pediatric patients are hospitalized with the virus.

A total 2,845 Texas patients are on ventilators, there are 305 available staffed adult ICU beds and 101 available pediatric ICU beds throughout the state.

While hospitalizations appear to have leveled off, the number of new cases the state is reporting each day remains high.

DSHS Tuesday reported 23,460 new cases of the virus, 17,373 of which are confirmed and 6,087 of which are probable. The state reported 296 more deaths attributed to the disease Tuesday.

Austin-Travis County, which remains in Stage 5 of risk-based COVID-19 guidance, is on the cusp of returning to Stage 4. The region has seen numerous entertainment cancellations in recent weeks but is down to 537 current COVID hospitalizations, 205 of which involve intensive care.

Dallas County remains at the highest level of COVID-19 risk, and San Antonio-Bexar County has shown significant improvement of late and is currently listed at moderate level of risk.