KVUE – In his weekly meeting with the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, Dr. Austin Public Health’s Mark Escott said he anticipates the Austin area is expected to exceed 200 ICU bed capacity by Jan. 15.
Dr. Escott said the time has come for the area to see the impact of people gathering around Christmas and is expected to feel even more of the New Year holiday in the coming days.
As a result, the area has seen a sharp and aggressive increase in ICU admissions and the use of ventilators.
On Monday, Dr. Escott reported 522 new hospital admissions for the MSA in Austin. That means a 145 percent moving average increase since December 4th and a new record since the pandemic began. The moving average is now 459.
The doctor said 156 ICU admissions were reported Monday, up 105 percent since Dec. 4. The moving average is now at 142.
He also said 84 new hospital admissions were reported Monday, up 140 percent since December 4. The moving average is now 77.
“The data we have so far for today suggests that we are likely to break a new record today, and I reckon we will unfortunately be setting many new records for hospital admissions over the next two weeks “, he said .
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