Texas reports more than 8,000 coronavirus cases, 111 deaths

FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, notes to medical personnel are hung in an area as they prepare to ender a COVID-19 unit at Starr County Memorial Hospital in Rio Grande City, Texas. As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation and infections and hospitalizations rise, medical administrators are scrambling to find enough nursing help  especially in rural areas and at small hospitals. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, notes to medical personnel are hung in an area as they prepare to ender a COVID-19 unit at Starr County Memorial Hospital in Rio Grande City, Texas. As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation and infections and hospitalizations rise, medical administrators are scrambling to find enough nursing help especially in rural areas and at small hospitals. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DALLAS – Texas reported more than 8,000 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday and another 111 deaths linked to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as the pandemic continued to strain hospitals across the state.

State health officials reported 6,479 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,671 probable cases Sunday. That brings the official totals to more than 1.3 million confirmed cases of the disease caused by the virus and 23,911 deaths.

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.

More than 9,200 Texans were hospitalized with COVID-19 Sunday and hospital systems are at to close to their full intensive care unit capacity in several parts of the state, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are expected at Texas hospitals this week following emergency approval of the vaccine by the Federal Drug Administration on Friday.

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.