When it comes to COVID-19, Texas is now one of the worst hotspots in the nation, with a record 51,000 new cases reported Monday.
After three days of not reporting due to the New Year's holiday, the Texas Department of State Health Services unleashed its COVID-19 report Monday, with 154,000 new cases since Thursday and more than 7,000 people hospitalized.
However, that wasn't the staggering stat of the day; this was — 33% positivity for those taking molecular COVID-19 tests. That's the highest positivity rate for Texas during the pandemic.
By the way, those rapid-result tests are returning 19% positivity, which is probably low considering the FDA and CDC suggest the omicron variant may not be detectable through those tests.
Hospitalizations rose by 17% through Sunday, and that number includes 1,459 people in intensive care. The virus hospitalized 279 children.
In the San Antonio DSHS region, including Kerr County, more than 440 people are hospitalized, including 19 children.