Texas reports 3,852 new COVID-19 cases, 161 more deaths
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials on Thursday reported 3,852 new cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and the deaths of 161 people sickened by the virus.
The Texas Department of State Health Services said the state's total number of reported cases so far is now at 649,809 and 13,853 deaths have been reported.
The true number of cases in Texas is likely higher because many people haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
Health officials said that 3,575 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday. The number of hospitalizations has been decreasing since peaking in July at 10,893, and the number of newly reported cases has also been decreasing since then.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
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