More than 6,900 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Texas on Tuesday, a record daily increase, according to which the total number of cases in the state reaches nearly 160,000, according to the state Department of Health.
The department also said that 6,533 people are in the hospital with Covid-19, another record. Earlier Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott suspended scheduled operations in Cameron, Hidalgo, Nuezes and Webb counties to ensure that there is a hospital bed for patients with Covid-19 disease.
Eight Texas counties have now been ordered to postpone electoral procedures. On June 25, Abbott suspended the procedure in Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Travis counties, which include the largest cities in the state: San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Austin, respectively.
“We need to understand that Covid-19 has made a very quick and very dangerous turn in Texas in just the last few weeks,” said Abbott on Sunday, speaking with Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force.
According to officials, an increase in the number of daily reported new cases of Covid-19 may reflect an increase in testing at specific locations or a lag in reporting. However, according to a CNBC data analysis compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases in Texas increased by more than 41% from a week earlier.
According to Abbott, Texas’s positive rate or percentage of the total number of positive tests just a month ago was 4.27%, but currently exceeds 13%. He said earlier that a positive level of more than 10% would be an “alarm” for Texas, which would take more stringent measures and prevent further spread.
White House Health Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that about 50% of all new cases come from four states: Florida, California, Texas, and Arizona.
“I’m very worried, and I’m not satisfied with what is happening, because we are going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of new cases, so we really need to do something about it, and we need to do it quickly,” Fosi said at a hearing on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.