AUSTIN, TX — Texas now has more than 30,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the latest report from the Texas Department of State Health Services. As of Saturday afternoon, 847 people have died from the virus, with more than 1,700 patients in Texas hospitals.
In all, 30,522 cases of the virus have been confirmed statewide, out of 380,648 tests administered. Harris County leads the way among Texas counties, with 6,551 cases.
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The counties in Texas with the most cases as of Saturday afternoon:
Harris County: 6.551 cases; 122 fatalities
Dallas County: 3,718 cases, 106 fatalities
Tarrant County: 2,388 cases, 69 fatalities
Travis County: 1,683 cases, 51 fatalities
Bexar County: 1,477 cases, 48 fatalities
Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state to "reopen" Friday, and his plans would be informed by "doctors and data," meaning that he would continually consult with health officials in exercising his executive order to reopen.
In moving to reignite the economy, Abbott has cited a flattening of the illness curve. Despite the claim, cumulative figures show a consistent increase in the level of illness across Texas since the outbreak began across the state, where 209 of the Lone Star State's 254 counties have now reported at least one case of new coronavirus.