Texas reports above-average number of COVID-19 cases, deaths

At least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to 35% of Texans

Visitors wearing face masks walk past a sign requiring masks at a restaurant along the River Walk, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Visitors wearing face masks walk past a sign requiring masks at a restaurant along the River Walk, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Above-average numbers of new COVID-19 cases and deaths were reported Tuesday in Texas, officials said.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 4,375 new cases and 59 new deaths, above seven-day rolling averages computed by Johns Hopkins University researchers of less than 3,400 new cases and 55 deaths per day.

According to Johns Hopkins University calculations, the Texas pandemic case total is at slightly more than 3.06 million and the state's death toll is at 49,623.

At least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to 35% of the state’s population as of Tuesday. Almost 23% of the population has been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.