Coronavirus in Austin, Texas: Improving cases and hospitalizations

As of Jan. 31, new COVID-19 cases in the Austin metro were down 42% from a week ago.

AUSTIN, Texas – We appear to have passed the peak of cases during the latest surge of COVID-19 fueled by the omicron variant.

Prior to the holidays, the omicron variant was detected in the Austin area, which ultimately led to an increase in coronavirus cases and subsequent hospitalizations. In late January, the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium reported that the latest wave of hospitalizations had about peaked in the Austin area.

As of Jan. 31, new COVID-19 cases in the Austin metro were down 42% from a week ago. However, new cases are up 35% from a month ago. The seven-day average of new cases is 2,278 per day.

Hospital admissions are improving, however, rates are still higher than any of the pandemic’s previous peaks. We are seeing an average of 98.6 hospital admissions per day over the past week. At the height of this current outbreak, we averaged 128.9 hospitalizations per day.

There are currently 668 COVID-19 patients in Austin-area hospitals, with 6% of hospital beds available, as of Jan. 31. There are 160 COVID-19 patients in Austin-area ICUs.

The situation is also improving across the state.

The seven-day average of new cases in Texas is down 37% from a week ago, to an average of 29,159 per day. The hospitalization rate in Texas is also down 2% day-to-day and 7% from a week ago. There are currently 12,121 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals.

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