HOUSTON – The Texas Tribune is using data from the Texas Department of State Health Services to track how many people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Texas each day. The state data comes from 57 city and county health departments, about 600 hospitals and 340 laboratories and the state vital records registration. It may not represent all cases of the disease given limited testing.
How many people are in the hospital?
On May 13, there were at least 2,353 hospitalized patients in Texas with confirmed coronavirus infections. This data does not account for people who are hospitalized but have not gotten a positive test, and the Texas Department of State Health Services says some hospitals may be missing from the daily counts.
These numbers do not include beds at psychiatric hospitals or other psychiatric facilities, according to DSHS. They do include psychiatric and pediatric beds at general hospitals, and pediatric beds at children’s hospitals.
Total current hospitalizations
The state says roughly 2% to 6% of Texas hospitals do not report hospitalization data each day. The average number of hospitalizations reported over the past seven days shows how the situation has changed over time by deemphasizing daily swings.