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- Texas reported a new daily high of coronavirus cases.
- Health officials attribute this to new cases being reported following the holiday weekend.
On Thursday, Texas recorded a single-day high count of 1,855 new coronavirus infections along with 39 associated deaths, according to the Star-Telegram.
This now brings the total state count to 59,776 reported cases, 19,270 of which are active. The Star-Telegram notes that the total case number has doubled since May 1.
Coronavirus-related deaths now sit at 1,601. At the beginning of the month, this number was smaller by half, with 816 fatalities reported. These numbers come in as Texas continues its reopening, with local outlets reporting that Phase 2 begins on Friday.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) stay-at-home mandate expired on April 30, which ushered in Phase 1 of the state’s reopening. Retail stores, restaurants, and salons were allowed to reopen at limited capacities. At this time, Abbott had set a goal of conducting at least 25,000 tests per day.
So far, this goal appears to have been met; local outlets write that the state saw another record of 42,109 tests conducted on Monday alone. This eventually slowed over the week to 34,000 tests reported on Wednesday, and another 17,544 reported on Thursday.
Speaking to the Star-Telegram, Chris Van Deusen, a spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, said that the uptick in new coronavirus cases is partially a result of a catch-up in reporting after the holiday weekend. Others have pointed out that many Americans broke social distancing protocols over the weekend.
Additionally, cases are coming in from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s data reporting.
According to The New York Times state tracker, Texas has struggled to bring new cases to a plateau or decline. The state showcased a downward trend since May 15, when a high 1,818 cases were reported, but has spiked since May 26.
Deaths, meanwhile, have shown a steady decline since May 14, although this trend was interrupted by a sharp jump in fatalities reported on May 27.
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