In Nueces County, the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise. Here’s what you need to know.

With the start of 2023, the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise, although the data does not reflect such a sharp spike as in previous years.

In the 12-county trauma service delivery area, which includes Corpus Christi, 100 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday. That’s just over 7% of total hospital capacity, double the rate during most of the spring and summer, but not as high as this time last year, when COVID-19 patients made up almost a quarter of local hospital capacity.

“Based on past trends, we expected an increase in cases this winter due to an increase in vacation travel and family gatherings,” said Corpus Christi Nuses County Public Health Director Fauzia Khan.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus that causes COVID-19 is constantly changing and mutating over time, and new variants of the virus are expected to emerge.

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