Runnels County's COVID cases fall 30.4%; Texas cases plummet 12.2%

Mike Stucka

Editor's note: Due to a calculation error, local communities' death records from the latest week were repeated as the previous week in these reports between July 26 and Aug. 30. They have been removed.

Texas reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 107,801 new cases. That's down 12.2% from the previous week's tally of 122,834 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 increased 5.4% from the week before, with 1,086,936 cases reported. With 8.71% of the country's population, Texas had 9.92% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 39 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Runnels County reported 32 cases and four deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 46 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 1,467 cases and 47 deaths.

Across Texas, cases fell in 121 counties, with the best declines in Harris County, with 11,497 cases from 24,836 a week earlier; in Bexar County, with 9,155 cases from 10,575; and in Nueces County, with 2,738 cases from 3,629.

Texas ranked 26th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 56.9% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 61.6%, 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 719,512 vaccine doses, including 333,250 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 636,702 vaccine doses, including 336,511 first doses. In all, Texas reported it has administered 30,027,551 total doses.

Within Texas, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in DeWitt County with 2,550 cases per 100,000 per week; Live Oak County with 1,581; and Hardin County with 1,503. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Harris County, with 11,497 cases; Bexar County, with 9,155 cases; and Dallas County, with 8,816. Weekly case counts rose in 121 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Hardin, Smith and Lamar counties.

In Texas, 1,402 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 953 people were were reported dead.

A total of 3,570,135 people in Texas have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 56,685 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 38,796,746 people have tested positive and 637,531 people have died.

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Aug. 29.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 17,480
  • The week before that: 17,087
  • Four weeks ago: 11,155

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 130,817
  • The week before that: 126,409
  • Four weeks ago: 83,804

The USA TODAY Network is publishing 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 questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at

A nurse cares for a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Aug. 24.