Maybe, just maybe, we are on the downhill side of this latest COVID-19 surge, and two key indicators provided a helpful and hopeful hint at the future.
On Thursday, Peterson Health reported just 14 new COVID-19 cases — the lowest weekday number of the month — and 29 people hospitalized. That means discharges for at least eight since Wednesday, but there are still nine in the intensive care unit.
The latest numbers follow the state's downward trend in COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 12,500 admitted to Texas hospitals. The numbers in ICUs remain high, and 75% of the 3,648 ICU patients were on ventilators.
On Wednesday, Kerrville Independent School District reported a decrease in its active cases with 104, but the numbers were still outside of how the district performed last year. Exactly how many active cases are in Kerr County is unknown. With take-home testing available (sometimes) at pharmacies and H-E-B, the ability to test and not report the results is significant.
Texas is still reporting many new cases, and on Thursday, it was more than 18,000. There were also 372 recent deaths recorded on Thursday. Since Aug. 1, more than 7,200 Texans have died from COVID-19.