Texas’ COVID-19 pandemic death toll edges closer to 50,000

More than 13% of the state’s population has completed COVID-19 vaccine

FILE- A medical staff exits the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) on New Year's Day at the United Memorial Medical Center on January 1, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images) (2021 Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas – The number of people with COVID-19 who have died in Texas is edging close to 50,000, the third-highest death toll in the nation, researchers reported Tuesday.

Johns Hopkins University researchers said 48,140 people with COVID-19 have died in Texas during the past year. Texas has the nation’s 23rd highest per-capita death rate, according to the university's data.

State health officials on Tuesday reported 109 new deaths, along with 3,980 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases.

State health officials said that 3,161 people with COVID-19 required hospitalization as of Monday, the latest total available.

According to data from Johns Hopkins, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Texas decreased by 580.6 over the past two weeks, a decrease of 12.4%.

Texas on Monday opened COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that over 3.8 million people in Texas have completed their vaccination. That’s more than 13% of the population.

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