Newly reported Texas virus cases total 3,812, 71 more deaths

Photo by Associated Press, Illustration by Henry Keller
Photo by Associated Press, Illustration by Henry Keller (KSAT, AP)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas health officials reported 3,812 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, along with 71 more deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

That brought the total number of Texas cases since tracking of the pandemic began in March to 743,284, with a death toll of 15,604, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported. However, 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.

The health department also estimated 68,032 active cases of the virus, including 3,251 current hospital patients.

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.