There are now 45,198 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. That is an increase of 1,347 cases from Thursday to Friday. The new numbers have not yet been recorded for Saturday.
Last Friday, the daily case increase was 1,219.
The state also experienced its highest and second-highest daily death toll just a day apart. On Thursday, 58 deaths were recorded in 24 hours and Friday that number dropped only slightly to 56, according to the health department. The total number of fatalities is at 1,272.
Last Friday, the daily death toll was 31.
Hospitalizations rates have appeared to flatten, but that data is reported on a two-week lag. Currently there are 1,716 people in a Texas hospital, according to the health department.
"The governor has been clear that as the state of Texas conducts more tests, we will see the raw number of cases rise," Wittman said. "However, the [rolling seven-day] average positivity rate has steadily declined from our high April 13 [of a bit more than 13%] to around 5% today. Our hospitalizations remain steady, and Texas has one of the lowest death rates per capita in the nation."
Я не занимаюсь тут запугиванием, даже если кто-то воспринимает это как оное, но мне попались данные на глаза и я их привожу. После открытия Техаса (снятия большинства ограничений) в штате опять пошла ввверх кривая заболеваемости. Возможно из за увеличивающегося тестирования, а возможно и нет, поскольку смертность тоже пошла вверх.