Texas becomes 4th state to surpass 10,000 virus deaths

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A man wearing a mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19 passes a sign requiring masks at a restaurant, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared masks or face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state as local officials across the state say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

By PAUL J. WEBER

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has surpassed 10,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths as the lingering toll of a massive summer outbreak continues. Health experts worry that recent encouraging trends in Texas could be fragile as schools begin reopening for 5 million students across the state. Roughly four in every five of those deaths have occurred since June 1, when the Lone Star State was weeks into one of the fastest reopenings in the country. The state’s health department reported 51 new deaths Monday, along with more than 2,700 new cases, Numbers are typically lower on Monday due to reporting lags over the weekends.