Runnels County reports 5 new COVID cases; Texas cases plummet 26.2%

Sharon Blow checks in curbside for her Delta flight Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Jacksonville International Airport. No one at the moment was wearing a mask following a judge's ruling to lift the mandate that had been in place for COVID-19 protections.

Texas reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 17,904 new cases. That's down 26.2% from the previous week's tally of 24,271 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Texas ranked 31st 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 8.9% from the week before, with 381,004 cases reported. With 8.71% of the country's population, Texas had 4.7% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 41 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Runnels County reported five cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 73 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 2,388 cases and 66 deaths.

Across Texas, cases fell in 143 counties, with the best declines in Harris County, with 1,918 cases from 2,784 a week earlier; in Hidalgo County, with 548 cases from 1,412; and in Fort Bend County, with 1,231 cases from 1,849.

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Texas ranked 26th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 73.1% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.6%, 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 572,112 vaccine doses, including 52,378 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 251,257 vaccine doses, including 66,127 first doses. In all, Texas reported it has administered 46,760,528 total doses.

Within Texas, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Kimble County with 507 cases per 100,000 per week; Comanche County with 411; and Karnes County with 372. 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 Travis County, with 2,419 cases; Harris County, with 1,918 cases; and Bexar County, with 1,807. Weekly case counts rose in 84 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Webb, Denton and Cameron counties.

In Texas, 88 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 213 people were reported dead.

A total of 6,827,197 people in Texas have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 88,110 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 81,365,218 people have tested positive and 993,733 people have died.

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Texas's COVID-19 hospital admissions falling

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, May 1.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 2,770
  • The week before that: 3,097
  • Four weeks ago: 3,643

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 43,243
  • The week before that: 39,428
  • Four weeks ago: 37,216


Hospitals in 34 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 34 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 38 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