AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas is nearing 24,000 reported deaths from the coronavirus as the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 stays above 9,000.
The Texas Department of State Health Services said Friday that 9,109 people were hospitalized across the state.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say Texas has had 23,913 COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. The state’s death count is the second highest in the country overall and the 25th highest per capita at about 83 deaths per 100,000 people.
The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Texas has risen over the past two weeks from 149 deaths per day on Nov. 26 to about 189 deaths per day on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins.
Johns Hopkins says that over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by 675, an increase of almost 6%.
In Dallas County, 1,849 cases and 20 deaths were reported on Friday, bringing those totals to 141,303 cases and 1,315 deaths. Tarrant County added 1,455 new cases and 20 deaths on Friday, totaling to 116,931 cases and 947 deaths.
The true number of infections in Texas is likely higher because many haven’t been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.
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