Texas reports nearly 100 new deaths from COVID as people hospitalized surpasses 9,600
The Texas Tribune is using data from the Texas Department of State Health Services to track how many people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Texas each day. The state data comes from local health officials, and it may not represent all cases of the disease given limited testing. Here's what we know about the daily numbers.
Under Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to revive the economy, businesses started reopening in May. But he paused further reopening plans and scaled back others in June. Recently, he told one TV station he regretted reopening bars too quickly.
The governor is looking at two specific metrics to justify his decision to allow reopenings — the positive rate and hospitalization levels.
As hospitalizations increased dramatically in June and July, Abbott issued a statewide mandate requiring Texans living in counties with more than 20 active cases to wear a mask in public spaces, despite previously resisting calls for such an order. He also started banning elective surgeries in some counties. However, he has said closing businesses will be “the last option.”
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