The rise in hospitalized patients with COVID reached 1,182 on Monday in Tarrant County hospitals, the third highest occupancy rate since the start of the pandemic.
The county’s pandemic high for COVID-related hospitalizations was 1,528 on Jan. 6, 2021. The second-highest was 1,226 on Sep. 5, 2021.
According to Tarrant County COVID-19 statistics, 3,861 hospital beds are occupied out of its 4,300 capacity, leaving 439 beds available as of Monday, the last time the hospitalization data was updated.
Tarrant County reported 16 COVID deaths and 4,952 new cases on Monday.
Use the map below to see the 7-day average occupancy and bed availability of hospitals in Tarrant County over the week of 1/7/2022 to 1/13/2022. Tap each dot to check the hospital name and see the averages for occupancy, ICU occupancy, total occupancy, total available beds and available ICU beds. The colors of the dots tell you their average total occupancy.
COVID cases started a steep rise over the Christmas holiday and the demand for testing increased around the same time as the more contagious omicron variant spread across North Texas, the Star-Telegram previously reported.
In Texas, omicron currently makes up 99.4% of total COVID-19 cases, compared to 0.6% delta, according to CDC data ending Jan. 8.
“From what we’ve seen, it just is more infectious than any other variant we’ve seen,” Dr. Shane Fernando, clinical epidemiologist at the UNT Health Science Center. “We’re looking at it as a general across the board infectious agent that is increasing in all populations, and all demographics.”
And it could get worse. According to a UT Southwestern report released Tuesday, daily COVID-19 cases could reach 8,000 by the end of January. Hospitalizations in the county are projected to continue to increase rapidly in near term and could double by the end of January, far exceeding previous peaks. There could be more than 2,500 concurrent hospitalizations.