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COVID-19 report - July 31
By Allen Rich
Aug 1, 2020
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Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 report

Austin, Texas -- Texas reported 8,839 new cases of COVID-19 and 295 newly reported fatalities in the daily data release on Friday by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

To date, the state has reported a total of 420,946 cases of the novel coronavirus, with an estimated 273,101 recoveries and 6,569 fatalities related to COVID-19.

Texas has an estimated 141,186 active cases, a significant decrease of 4,105 active cases during the past 24 hours.

Hospitalization numbers inched up from 9,296 on Thursday to 9,336 on Friday, although hospitalizations have generally dropped since hitting an all-time high of 10,893 lab-confirmed patients July 22.

As of July 30, the state's seven-day positivity rate increased slightly to 12.12%, a fractional increase over the seven-day rate of 12.09% on July 29. Before the slight increase showed up in Friday's data release, Texas had reported a lower positivity rate for four consecutive days. The state's seven-day positivity rate topped out at 17.43% on July 16.

In South Texas, Harris County had 1,724 newly confirmed cases during the past 24 hours, the county's fourth-highest one-day total since the onset of the pandemic.

Bexar County was the only other county over the 1,000 threshold; the county was advised of 1,028 new cases on Friday.

In Central Texas, Travis County reported 278 new cases on Friday.

In North Texas, Dallas County continued to experience a sharp decline in new cases, as reflected in the 537 new cases in the latest daily data release.

Tarrant County has been the hotspot in North Texas for the past two days, with 836 new cases Thursday and 672 new cases on Friday.

Also in Friday's data release by Texas Department of State Health Services, Denton County had 188 new cases, Collin County was advised of 76 new cases, Grayson County reported 18 new cases as well as the county's ninth fatality related to COVID-19, Hunt County had 12 new cases, Cooke County reported eight new cases and Fannin County was notified of three new cases.

DSHS advises that new data will not be posted on the department dashboard on Sunday, August 2 due to a scheduled upgrade to the system that processes electronic lab reports. Data for Sunday will be posted with Monday’s data update in the files on the Additional Data tab.