Texas Gains Nearly 7K New Coronavirus Cases — A New Record

Tony Cantu

AUSTIN, TX — The number of new cases of the coronavirus in Texas reached a single-day record in Texas of nearly 7,000 cases on Tuesday with 21 more deaths reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the historical fatality count to 2,424.

The data are found on a statistical dashboard maintained by Texas Department of State Health Services. All told, 6,975 new cases of the respiratory illness were reported from the previous day in bringing the historical illness count to 159,986. The state also reached a record 620 new hospitalizations. As of Tuesday, there are 72,744 active cases of the respiratory illness for which no vaccine exists.

According to the state dashboard, the counties with the highest concentration of illness are:

  • Harris: 30,729 cases, 18,507 active
  • Dallas: 20,737 cases, 6,822 active.
  • Tarrant: 11,739 cases, 6,192 active.
  • Bexar: 10,797 cases, 6,824 active.
  • Travis: 8,969 cases, 2,227 active.
  • El Paso: 5,928 cases, 1,817 active.
  • Fort Bend: 3,722 cases, 2,365 active.
  • Hidalgo: 3,542 cases, 2,167 active.
  • Galveston: 3,062 cases, 2,041 active.
  • Collin: 2,882 cases, 574 active.
  • Potter: 2,873 cases, 889 active.

The most fatalities statewide to date have been reported in:

  • Harris: 376
  • Dallas: 353
  • Tarrant: 225
  • El Paso: 130
  • Travis: 121
  • Bexar: 109
  • Cameron: 55
  • Fort Bend: 53
  • Lubbock: 51
  • Collin: 42

Rates of illness in the Lone Star State have risen exponentially since Gov. Greg Abbott launched an aggressive economic reopening that began May 1 with restaurants, malls and movie theaters allowed to reopen at 25 percent occupancy — a level later expanded to 50 percent.

Abbott was the second governor in the nation attempting to jump-start coronavirus-stalled commerce in his state — one week after his Georgia counterpart launched a similar initiative — even as health officials were calling for a need for physical distancing to help blunt the spread of illness.

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Amid growing rates of illness since then, Abbott has recently scaled back on his own economic expansion by ordering bars to close again last Friday. That same day, he also ordered closure of all tubing and rafting operations ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Screenshot showing a new record level of new daily cases in Texas.

The day before, Abbott prohibited all elective surgeries and medical procedures to ensure hospital space for a potential influx of coronavirus patients. He also put a pause on his own economic expansion, which by then amounted to a schedule of greater occupancy levels allowed at already reopened businesses.

This article originally appeared on the Austin Patch