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Coronavirus updates in Texas: Official case count reaches nearly 2,900

An empty Sixth Street during morning rush hour in Downtown Austin. The city’s streets were mostly empty as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in Texas. March 25, 2020. (Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune)
An empty Sixth Street during morning rush hour in Downtown Austin. The city’s streets were mostly empty as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in Texas. March 25, 2020. (Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune)

Monday’s biggest developments

  • Texas has at least 2,877 cases and 38 deaths
  • Dallas County temporarily closes mobile testing sites due to possible thunderstorms

Texas reports 2,877 cases and 38 deaths

[1:00 p.m.] Texas reported 325 more cases of the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number of known cases to 2,877. Nearly half of the state’s 254 counties have reported at least one case.

The state is also reporting four additional deaths, bringing the statewide total to 38. Dallas County, Harris County, Brazos County and Oldham County each reported one additional death.

Harris County reported the most cases, 526, followed by Dallas County, which reported 488 cases. Dallas County is also reporting 10 deaths, more than any other county. Bexar County has reported five deaths, giving it the second-highest total.

As of Monday, 35,880 tests have been run in Texas. — Anna Novak

Threat of thunderstorms leads to temporary closure of testing sites

[10:14 a.m.] Drive-thru testing in Dallas County has been put on hold on Monday due to the threat of thunderstorms in the area, the city of Dallas Office of Emergency Management said in a Facebook post. The sites at the American Airlines Center and Ellis Davis Field House will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m.

The facilities are generally open to anyone in the community who has a cough, shortness of breath and a fever, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The Dallas area has about a 100% chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service, and a possibility of hail. — Matthew Watkins