New COVID-19 cases plummet in Texas
Texas reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 8,286 new cases. That's down 42.6% from the previous week's tally of 14,439 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Texas ranked 17th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 19.6% from the week before, with 79,884 cases reported. With 8.71% of the country's population, Texas had 10.37% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, eight states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Across Texas, cases fell in 109 counties, with the best declines in Webb, Bell and Harris counties.
Runnels County reported four cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported four cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 1,305 cases and 40 deaths.
Texas ranked 34th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 47.2% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 53.3%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Sunday, Texas reported administering another 802,849 vaccine doses, including 325,935 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 696,111 vaccine doses, including 293,203 first doses. In all, Texas reported it has administered 25,000,644 total doses.
Within Texas, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Hutchinson, Crosby and Hockley counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Dallas County, with 898 cases; Bexar County, with 880 cases; and Tarrant County, with 609. Weekly case counts rose in 108 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Bexar, Medina and Dallas counties.
In Texas, 181 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 210 people were were reported dead.
A total of 2,985,659 people in Texas have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 52,110 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 33,541,887 people have tested positive and 601,824 people have died.
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