The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Texas continues to rise at a faster-than-average pace

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AUSTIN, Texas — On Wednesday, 19 new cases and deaths were recorded at an above-average rate.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were 4,518 new cases and 82 deaths associated with COVID-19, compared to a rolling seven-day daily average of more than 3,247 new cases and 55 deaths estimated by Johns Hopkins University researchers. 

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Texas has recorded nearly 3.07 million cases during the 14-month pandemic, with 49,672 COVID-19-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins reports.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 percent of the state’s population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 23 percent has been entirely vaccinated.

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