Coronavirus cases and fatalities in Texas
A regularly-updated map of confirmed COVID-19 cases, borough by borough.
The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.
New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day in Texas
This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.
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Cases, updates, and charts on the coronavirus crisis for each US state and territory. Just follow the links below.
COVID-19 (new coronavirus)
The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central Time. Numbers are current as of 8 p.m. the day before reporting.
How can Texans slow the spread of COVID-19?
On March 19, 2020, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, declared a public health disaster in Texas, because COVID-19 “has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people, and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas.”
The next two weeks are critical in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Texans must act now.
- Stay home as much as possible, especially if you are sick, older, and/or have a medical condition.
- If you are sick, stay home except to access medical care. If you are able to take care of yourself, stay home. If you need to see your doctor, call ahead.
- Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and non-essential trips into public.
- Cancel events of more than 10 people.
- Limit close contact (at least six feet) with other people. Employers should allow alternative work options as much as possible.
What else can people do to protect themselves and others?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Who is at highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19?
Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as needed.
DSHS has additional information on the COVID-19 for the public, health care professionals, health departments and labs at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.
Coronavirus in Texas News:
- September 18, 2020August unemployment rate in Texas drops to 6.8% from 8% in July
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- September 18, 2020Texans with disabilities are eligible for mail-in voting, but people must decide for themselves if they qualify
Texas is one of five states that hasn’t made mail-in ballots available to those afraid of contracting COVID-19. Credit: Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune Need to stay updated on coronavirus news …
- September 18, 2020Analysis: Texas reopenings tied more to COVID-19 severity than to spread
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- September 18, 2020Voting in Texas during the pandemic: Everything you need to know about the 2020 general election
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- September 17, 2020Texas will allow visitations at nursing homes, other long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 cases
Visitors will be allowed in all Texas long-term care facilities beginning Sept. 24. Credit: Allie Goulding/The Texas Tribune Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will …
- September 17, 2020State releases numbers showing low Texas public school infection rates, but the data is limited
Students draw self-portraits in a kindergarten class on the first day of in-person classes at Highland Village Elementary. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune Need to stay updated on coronavir …
- September 17, 2020Six months into the pandemic, out-of-work Texans are still struggling to navigate unemployment system
Volunteers load boxes of food into a car during a drive-thru food distribution hosted by the Central Texas Food Bank in Austin in June. As Congress debates a new coronavirus relief package, out-of-wor …
- September 17, 2020Democratic allies fighting to flip Texas House join forces for $1.1 million digital ad campaign
Democrats nine seats away from the majority in the Texas House. Credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential …
- September 17, 2020Faceless avatars and microphone malfunctions: A Houston teacher wonders if his students are learning
U.S. History teacher Cris Hernandez teaches a class remotely in an empty classroom at Westfield High School in Spring ISD. The school will be phasing into a hybrid mode of teaching in the next two wee …
- September 17, 2020Gov. Greg Abbott loosens coronavirus restrictions for restaurants and other businesses in most regions of Texas
Restaurants, retail stores and office buildings in most regions of the state will now be able to operate at 75% capacity, Abbott said on Sept. 17. Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune Gov …