Texas surpasses 3K mark for COVID-19 deaths

COVID-19 antibody testing and diagnostic testing are administered at a converted vehicle inspection station, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Local officials across Texas say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The state of Texas’ department of health announced Friday the state had surpassed the 3,000 mark for COVID-19 fatalities.

For the third straight day, Texas recorded 90-plus COVID-19 deaths. On Friday, the health department reported 95 new deaths, bringing the total to 3,013.

There were 9,765 new coronavirus cases reported, increasing the total to 240,111 since the pandemic began. 122,996 have recovered, indicating that 51.2% of the positive cases have recovered since the start of the pandemic.

The state still has 114,102 active cases. Of those cases, 10,002 have resulted in hospitalizations, representing 8.8% of the active cases. On June 16, the state reported a total of 54,844 hospital beds with 14,993 available along with 1,675 ICU beds.

On Friday, governor Greg Abbott told CBS19 in Tyler that he would consider closing the state for a second time, as a last measure, if mask orders weren’t adopted by cities or cases continued to surge.

“If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business,” Abbott said. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”

In Arkansas, cases were up 751 from Thursday for a total of 26,803 across the state. There are 402 hospitalizations, an increase of eight from the previous day, and 313 deaths, up four from a day ago.