DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Coronavirus hospitalizations in Texas fell Saturday but continued to hover near their summer peak, as state health officials reported more than 2,500 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths linked to the disease.
The state health department reported there were 10,773 patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, a decrease of nearly 100 from Friday when hospitalizations hit their highest number since July.READ MORE: COVID-19 Omicron Variant Confirmed In 2 North Texas Patients By Frisco Lab
Intensive care units in several parts of Texas were full or nearly full, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Health officials have wared that holiday gatherings and travel are likely to further spread the virus.
There were 2,127 newly confirmed cases of the virus Saturday and another 428 probable cases, according to the health department.
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Over the past week, more than 14% of coronavirus tests in Texas have come back positive, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
In Dallas County, 1,318 cases and 10 deaths were reported on Saturday. However, the numbers were from late Wednesday but were added on the weekend due to the Christmas holiday.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe illness and be fatal.
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