Texas has once again broken its one-day record for newcases. The state reported 10,028 new cases Tuesday when authorities warned that hospitals are .
The previous daily record was 8,260 new cases on July 4. There are now more than 200,000 cases statewide, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The state also set a new record for deaths in a single day, at 60.
Coronavirus hospitalizations have more than doubled in Texas in the past two weeks. Authorities reported that 9,268 people were ill with coronavirus inTuesday: another daily record.
Officials across the state fear hospitals may soon be at capacity.
An average of 13.5% of tests now test positive, as of Monday. Texas Governor Greg Abbott previously warned that a positivity rate of more than 10% would be a red flag for the state.
Deaths remain lower across the state compared to other states with large waves. As of Tuesday, 2,715 people have died from the virus in Texas.
Abbott began one of the nation’s most aggressive reopening strategies in May when experts warned that relaxed social distancing measures would cause a resurgence of the virus. Last week, the Republican Governor changed course, issuing aRequires face masks at public and limited gatherings of more than 10 people.
After several bailiffs said thatTo enforce Abbott’s order, the governor criticized local leaders and called them to “show action, not absenteeism.”
“If local officials enforce the order of the mask, the spread of the coronavirus will slow down,” KFDM-TV affiliate Beaumont, Texas told CBS. “Now they just need to step up and start enforcing the orders that are already in place.”
According to The Associated Press, New York and Florida are the only other states to top 10,000 new cases in a single day. New York reached that number in April, but Florida reported onon Saturday.