Runnels County reports 12 new COVID cases; Texas cases holding steady

Mike Stucka

Texas reported 23,047 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, from 22,414 the week before of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Texas ranked 43rd 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 11.5% from the week before, with 574,373 cases reported. With 8.71% of the country's population, Texas had 4.01% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 30 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Runnels County reported 12 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported eight cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 1,727 cases and 54 deaths.

Within Texas, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Sterling County with 1,007 cases per 100,000 per week; Hartley County with 879; and Lipscomb County with 650. 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 2,360 cases; Dallas County, with 2,327 cases; and Tarrant County, with 2,243. Weekly case counts rose in 127 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Midland, Bexar and El Paso counties.

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Texas ranked 29th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 62.2% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 68.3%, 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 608,884 vaccine doses, including 133,136 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 774,022 vaccine doses, including 134,831 first doses. In all, Texas reported it has administered 35,784,382 total doses.

Across Texas, cases fell in 103 counties, with the best declines in Harris County, with 2,360 cases from 2,824 a week earlier; in Johnson County, with 170 cases from 394; and in Bell County, with 227 cases from 386.

In Texas, 832 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 764 people were reported dead.

A total of 4,283,899 people in Texas have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 72,789 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 47,074,080 people have tested positive and 763,092 people have died.

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Texas's COVID-19 hospital admissions staying flat

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Nov. 14.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 5,445
  • The week before that: 5,522
  • Four weeks ago: 7,760

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 72,105
  • The week before that: 68,115
  • Four weeks ago: 78,817


Hospitals in 28 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 25 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 34 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.

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

Logan Hute, 9, shows off his sticker after receiving his COVID-19 vaccine at Native Health Central clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 5.