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.
If you’d like to use these graphs and maps on your site or articles, please e-mail us.
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:
- March 8, 2021A Texas lender sued thousands of low-income Latinos during the pandemic. Now the feds are investigating.
An Oportun location in Brownsville on March 5. Credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune This article is co-published with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for …
- March 8, 2021Millions of Texans still don’t have broadband access. Some lawmakers are trying to change that.
A lack of broadband internet access isn't just a rural problem in Texas. In Harris County, for example, almost 200,000 households don’t have internet subscriptions. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphot …
- March 8, 2021Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan unveils slate of bills in response to winter storm power outages
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan’s office called the proposals the “first phase” of the House’s proposed reforms in the wake of the winter storm. Credit: Evan L'Roy/The Texas Tribune Texas House Sp …
- March 8, 2021Cat Parks paves own path as Texas GOP vice chair under bombastic Allen West
Cat Parks, Republican Party of Texas vice chair, stood for the Pledge of Allegiance last month before speaking to The Woodlands Republican Women’s Club. Credit: Mark Felix for The Texas Tribune Four y …
- March 8, 2021Analysis: After the blackouts, a whiff of the 2022 elections in Texas
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller addressed delegates at the Texas Republican Convention in 2018. Credit: Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune Editor’s note: If you’d like an email notice whenever we …
- March 7, 2021A Mexican restaurant in Houston is keeping its mask rule. People threatened to call ICE on the staff.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the statewide mask mandate has not come easily for many businesses that are navigating enforcement of mask rules while facing backlash. “It was just horrific,” said …
- March 6, 2021Senate passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill
The Senate approved the relief plan on Saturday after roughly 24 hours of debate. The bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks for millions of Americans, as well as an additional $300-per-week in unemploy …
- March 6, 2021A year into the pandemic, many Texans still struggling financially and emotionally
Many oil industry workers in Texas have lost work during the pandemic. Credit: Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune (Audio unavailable. Click here to listen on texastribune.org.) Loss o …
- March 6, 2021Gov. Greg Abbott rejects aid from Biden administration in dispute over coronavirus testing for migrants
Migrants crossed the Paso del Norte International Bridge last month from Ciudad Juárez to El Paso. Credit: Justin Hamel for The Texas Tribune Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our eve …
- March 5, 2021Join The Texas Tribune for an interview with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on the role that Texas cities play in combating climate change
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner joins The Texas Tribune for a live event Thursday. Cities are key contributors to climate change, as transportation, buildings and power plants are major sources of gree …