Texas reports new COVID-19 cases, deaths are above-average

4,098 new cases were reported on Wednesday

COVID-19 vaccinations for all adults in Texas starting Monday, state officials say

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – State health officials reported above-average new COVID-19 case and death totals Wednesday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 4,098 new cases, which was well above the state’s seven-day rolling average of 3,120 as computed by Johns Hopkins University researchers. Johns Hopkins data show the new cases, along with 446 previously unreported cases added Wednesday, push the pandemic total to 3,018,501. The state estimated 68,974 were active.

Researchers said the rolling average of daily new cases over the past two weeks has decreased by 380.7, a decrease of 10.9%. Also, the 170.7 new Texas cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks ranked 37th in the nation for new cases per capita.

The 99 deaths topped the Johns Hopkins average for Texas of 82. The state’s pandemic death toll rose to 48,833.

More than 8.5 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 29% of the population, and more than 4.9 million people have been fully vaccinated, almost 17% of the population.

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