TEXAS — Texas on Tuesday again reported more than 40,000 new cases of the omicron variant-fueled COVID-19 virus, though the number of hospitalizations only ticked up slightly.

The Texas Department of State Health Services on Tuesday reported 44,610 confirmed new cases of the virus as well as 9,343 new probable cases for a total of 53,953.

The state is reporting 12,344 total hospitalizations for the virus, which is up from 12,286 on Monday. Of those hospitalized in Texas, 2,461 are in intensive care and 1,319 are intubated.

Texas on Tuesday reported an additional 123 deaths attributed to the virus.

A total 417 pediatric patients are currently hospitalized with the disease throughout Texas, which is down from 489 on Monday.

The Central Texas area – Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop counties –  is currently reporting 682 hospitalizations for COVID, which includes 145 patients in intensive care and 68 patients on ventilators.

The San Antonio/Bexar County region on Monday reported 5,413 new cases of COVID-19, seven more deaths and 1,197 current hospitalizations.