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Texas closing in on 15,000 coronavirus deaths

There are more than 716,000 confirmed cases in Texas so far

FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, medical personnel talk as they care for COVID-19 patients at DHR Health, in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, medical personnel talk as they care for COVID-19 patients at DHR Health, in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

AUSTIN, Texas – The death toll from the coronavirus in Texas approached 15,000 on Tuesday as the total number of deaths across the U.S. topped 200,000, by far the highest in the world.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 3,964 confirmed new coronavirus cases and 77 more deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Health officials say there are more than 716,000 confirmed cases in Texas so far. The death toll is at 14,994.

The true number of cases is likely higher though because many people haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.