Texas reports 6,041 new coronavirus cases, 48 more deaths

Frontline healthcare workers check information at a COVID-19 testing site amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in El Paso on November 13, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. Texas eclipsed one million COVID-19 cases November 11th with El Paso holding the most cases statewide. Health officials in El Paso today announced 16 additional COVID-19 related deaths along with 1,488 new cases pushing the virus death toll to 741. Active cases in El Paso are now over 30,000. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) (Mario Tama, 2020 Getty Images)

EL PASO, Texas – Texas health officials reported 6,041 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday and 48 more deaths linked to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The pandemic continued to put pressure on the state's medical infrastructure with more than 8,600 Texans hospitalized with COVID-19 Sunday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

In hard-hit El Paso, Mayor Dee Margo said there are signs the virus' weeks-long surge might be plateauing. Area hospitals are at 79% capacity, with open bed space “we haven’t had in some time,” the Republican mayor told CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.

The El Paso and San Antonio areas are under partial curfews through Monday morning, as local leaders try to limit the virus' spread.

Texas health officials have recorded more than 1 million COVID-19 cases and 21,357 fatalities. The actual number of cases is believed to be far higher because many people haven’t been tested and some who get the disease don’t show symptoms.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover.