Texas Gains 12,783 Coronavirus Cases, 308 New Deaths

Tony Cantu

AUSTIN, TX — Texas reported 12,783 more cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, 6,412 less than the 19,195 new cases reported the prior day that set a single-day record. State health officials also reported 308 new deaths — 14 more than the 294 additional deaths reported on Wednesday.

The data are collected in a dashboard maintained by the Texas Department of State Health Services agency. Since the start of the pandemic, Texas has reported a cumulative 1,464,556 confirmed cases of the respiratory illness and 26,208 fatalities as shown on the dashboard. As shown on the dashboard, there are currently 10,724 hospitalizations — up 150 from Wednesday.

The high numbers have emerged amid worry of holiday gatherings as residents ahead of Christmas. Previous illness spikes were blamed on Halloween and Thanksgiving gatherings by those ignoring advice outlined by health officials to avoid mingling with people outside their households.

Related story: Texas Hits Record High 19,195 New Coronavirus Cases

According to the dashboard, the top 25 Texas counties with the greatest number of coronavirus cases are:

  • Harris County: 224,245.

  • Dallas County: 160,189.

  • Tarrant County: 118,641.

  • El Paso County: 96,428.

  • Bexar County: 87,937.

  • Travis County: 47,076.

  • Lubbock County: 40,249.

  • Collin County: 39,876.

  • Hidalgo County: 34,658.

  • Fort Bend County: 30,249.

  • Denton County: 29,860.

  • Cameron County: 28,740.

  • Webb County: 24,915.

  • Montgomery County: 21,161.

  • Nueces County: 20,352.

  • Williamson County: 18,568.

  • Galveston County: 18,388.

  • Brazoria County: 18,196.

  • McLennan County: 17,809.

  • Potter County: 14,890.

  • Randall County: 13,507.

  • Jefferson County: 12,944.

  • Bell County: 11,802.

  • Brazos County: 11,441.

  • Midland County: 10,803.

The top 25 counties with the highest number of fatalities since the pandemic began are:

  • Harris County: 3,306.

  • Hidalgo County: 1,913.

  • Dallas County: 1,904.

  • Bexar County: 1,666.

  • El Paso County: 1,598.

  • Tarrant County: 1,350.

  • Cameron County: 1,071.

  • Travis County: 517.

  • Lubbock County: 516.

  • Nueces County: 472.

  • Webb County: 440.

  • Fort Bend County: 374.

  • Collin County: 345.

  • Denton County: 314.

  • McLennan County: 256.

  • Montgomery County: 255.

  • Potter County: 251.

  • Smith County: 248.

  • Brazoria County: 228.

  • Ector County: 212.

  • Jefferson County: 208.

  • Galveston County: 205.

  • Williamson County: 200.

  • Starr County: 199.

  • Wichita County: 192.


This article originally appeared on the Austin Patch