Texas reports more than COVID-19 deaths in the daily report

State also reported 12,966 new coronavirus cases

FILE - Medical staff member Diana Isabel Escalante helps a patient take medication in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) on New Year's Eve at the United Memorial Medical Center on December 31, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
FILE - Medical staff member Diana Isabel Escalante helps a patient take medication in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) on New Year's Eve at the United Memorial Medical Center on December 31, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas – State health officials have reported more than 300 deaths from the new coronavirus.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 301 deaths Tuesday from COVID-19, the illness the coronavirus causes, raising the state’s coronavirus death toll for the pandemic to 39,001.

The state also reported 12,966 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the number of Texas cases to just over 2.5 million since the pandemic began. Of those, an estimated 322,999 are active.

Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations held steady at 9,401, department spokesman Chris Van Deusen said Tuesday.

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This story was first published on Feb. 9. It was updated on Feb. 12 to remove a reference to the 300 new deaths being the most in Texas since mid-January. They were the most in three days.