Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations falling further below 4,000

179 new COVID-19 deaths were reported Wednesday

A customer enters a store with a face mask required sign displayed Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Dallas. Texas is lifting a COVID-19 mask mandate that was imposed last summer but has only been lightly enforced. Republican Gov. Greg Abbotts announcement makes Texas the largest state to do away with a face covering order. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
A customer enters a store with a face mask required sign displayed Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Dallas. Texas is lifting a COVID-19 mask mandate that was imposed last summer but has only been lightly enforced. Republican Gov. Greg Abbotts announcement makes Texas the largest state to do away with a face covering order. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas COVID-19 figures the state reported Wednesday show that not only are the number of cases back on the decline, so are COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The number of new confirmed and probable cases is back under 4,800 at 4,746, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported. COVID-19 hospitalizations numbered 3,915 Tuesday, the most recent day available, 84 cases fewer than Monday.

Johns Hopkins University researchers say the rolling average of daily new cases has fallen by 2,563 cases over the past two weeks, a 35% decrease.

Officials said 2,731,270 cases have now been reported in Texas during the year-old pandemic. Of those, an estimated 111,196 cases were active Wednesday.

The Johns Hopkins researchers say the 179 new COVID-19 deaths the state reported Wednesday raised the Texas pandemic toll to 46,676.