Texas reports 3,400 new COVID-19 cases, 135 deaths

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)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials Wednesday reported more than 3,400 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, along with 135 new COVID-19 deaths. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 also continued to fall in data state health officials released Wednesday. Amid those improving numbers, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has scheduled a Thursday news conference to discuss the state’s COVID-19 response. Last month, Abbott signaled that more restrictions could be lifted as he faces pressure from bar and restaurant owners and some GOP activists. Texas bars have been closed since June when a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths occurred.