TEXAS — As more Texas schools suspend in-person learning and battles over mask mandates continue, the state health department on Wednesday reported a staggering number of new COVID-19 cases.
The Texas Department of State Health Services recorded 25,184 new confirmed cases as well as 9,241 new probable cases for a total of 34,425. That’s up from 12,977 new confirmed cases the day prior.
DSHS also reported 286 more fatalities attributed to the virus.
A total 13,520 Texans are currently hospitalized with the virus, 9,493 of whom are adults in general hospital beds, 3,733 of whom are adults in intensive care and 294 of whom are pediatric patients in hospitals.
The state is down to just 312 staffed adult ICU beds and 103 staffed pediatric ICU beds. Texas is home to nearly 30 million people.
DSHS reports a total 3,133,016 cases of the virus in Texas since the pandemic started. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, however, put that number at 3,768,545. The university additionally puts Texas’ death toll from COVID at 58,927 and the state’s current testing positivity rate at 12.13%.
Just under half of the state’s population is fully vaccinated.
The Austin-Travis County region this week surpassed 1,000 deaths attributed to the virus.
The death toll in San Antonio-Bexar Country is at 3,994.