Peterson Regional Medical Center topped 40 COVID-19 patients on Wednesday even as signs suggest the virulent omicron strain is starting to taper off.
With 41 people admitted, including seven in the intensive care unit, nearly half of Peterson’s capacity is now dedicated to caring for COVID-19 patients. The last time Peterson had more than 40 patients admitted was in August.
Peterson reported 58 new positive cases — the smallest number in weeks. The actual number of active Kerr County cases is unclear.
Texas’ positivity rate remained high — 33% — but the number of cases declined to 30,000, still higher than other surges during the pandemic. More than 1.6 million Texans have tested positive for the virus since the end of December.
While the virus seems to be slowing down, the rate of hospitalizations continues to climb. On Wednesday, Texas hospitals had more than 13,300 people admitted, including 489 children. The San Antonio region, including Kerr County, showed 1,102 people hospitalized.