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According to the Houston Chronicle analysis of state data, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases rose from 2,973 to 665,965 cases from Tuesday to Wednesday evening, while deaths increased from 127 to 13,916.
The state’s positive test rate dropped from 8.41 percent to 7.58 percent, while the average of viral tests is 43,324 per day.
In the Houston area, cases increased from a total of 1,255 to 162,569 while deaths increased from a total of 33 to 3,137. Harris County reported that there are now a total of 112,762 cases, an increase of 723.
According to The Courier, the death toll rose to 129 after four more deaths in Montgomery County.
Note: The numbers included in this report represent a one-day change in data from Tuesday. September 8, Wednesday to September 9. It is still unclear how many of the state’s new cases can be attributed to Texas state prison inmates. Of criminal justice. The Houston Chronicle’s analysis of COVID-19 case data now includes potential and pending cases. The change is based on interviews with several public health officials and epidemiologists, as well as conforming to the CDC guidelines on reporting. DSHS is now using death certificate data for its count of COVID deaths, causing some Texas counties to have dramatically more counties than others and some counties have higher numbers than state data.