Two weeks into the new year, health officials say the end of that wave may be near.
Dr. Persse says wastewater tests from January 3 showed the spread of the virus is slowing down. This week’s samples are being analyzed now, so the results will be available early next week.
“We have seen hospitalizations at some hospitals have leveled off. Some have even said they’ve seen a small decrease in the number of patients in the hospital,” said Dr. Persse.
The Texas Medical Center’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the 7-day trend of cases and the 7-day trend of test positivity are both declining.
“I don’t know if we’ve hit it. I know sometimes there’s a little bit of finagling, but I think we’re awfully close, if we haven’t hit it already,” said Dr. Annamaria Macaluso Davidson.
Health officials say they need a few more days of data to know for sure if the worst is behind us.
"The virus finds it more difficult to spread for a reason, because we change what we’re doing. It makes it more difficult for the virus. That’s what makes the curve change," said Dr. Persse. "Now that it’s changing, we don’t need to stop doing what we’re doing. If we change, they’ll start going up again."
Editor's Note: The following video was upload on Jan 12, 2022.