New COVID-19 cases collapse in Texas

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Texas reported significantly fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 8,286 new cases. This is a 42.6% drop from the previous week’s tally of 14,439 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Texas was ranked 17th among the states with the fastest spreading coronavirus per person, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. In the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States were down 19.6% from the previous week, with 79,884 cases reported. With 8.71% of the country’s population, Texas recorded 10.37% of the country’s cases last week. Across the country, eight states had more cases last week than the week before.

Across Texas, cases fell in 109 counties, with the best declines in Webb, Bell and Harris counties.

Runnels County has reported four cases and one death in the past week. A week earlier, he had reported four cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 1,305 cases and 40 deaths.

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Texas was ranked 34th among states for the share of people who received at least one injection, with 47.2% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 53.3%, according to a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most widely used in the United States, require two doses given a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, Texas said it administered 802,849 additional doses of the vaccine, including 325,935 first doses. During the previous week, the state administered 696,111 doses of the vaccine, including 293,203 first doses. In total, Texas reported administering 25,000,644 total doses.

In Texas, the worst weekly epidemics per person occurred in Hutchinson, Crosby and Hockley counties. Dallas County, with 898 cases, added the most new cases overall; Bexar County, with 880 cases; and Tarrant County, with 609. The number of weekly cases increased in 108 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were in Bexar, Medina and Dallas counties.

In Texas, 181 people were reported dead from COVID-19 during the week ending Sunday. During the previous week, 210 people had been declared dead.

A total of 2,985,659 people in Texas have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and 52,110 people have died from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, 33,541,887 people have tested positive and 601,824 people have died.

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The USA TODAY Network is posting localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have any questions about the data or history, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.


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