Texas Overtakes California As State With The Most Coronavirus Infections With More Than 950,000 Total Cases

Topline
Texas officially beat out California this week for the country’s highest coronavirus case total, despite having a population of roughly 10.5 million fewer people, a grim milestone as the Lone Star State also sees increases in hospitalizations and deaths connected to the virus.

A man gets tested for coronavirus at a drive-thru testing center July in Austin, Texas.

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Key Facts

On Sunday, state health officials in Texas and California had reported 952,758 and 935,248 cases respectively, according to a coronavirus tally from The New York Times.

Before this week, California had been the state with the most total infections since July, when it overtook New York.

The San Francisco Chronicle pointed out that the Golden State has seen smaller statewide numbers of infections per capita compared to other large states, like Texas and Florida, which has the third highest number of infections in the country.

An analysis of state data by the Texas Tribune shows that besides new infections, the number of hospitalizations of coronavirus patients and deaths attributed to the virus are also on the rise in Texas.

Texas’ infection totals have been largely driven by cases in the Houston and Dallas areas, two of the state’s largest metroplexes, though less populous areas of the state have been plagued by outbreaks with higher infections per capita like El Paso, a city on the border with Mexico that put in place a city-wide curfew last week.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has been a proponent for a speedy reopening of society to help the Texas economy bounce back, and he announced early last month his latest rollback on coronavirus restrictions, which included allowing bars to reopen to half capacity if county judges agree to it and local coronavirus hospitalizations remain below 15% of all intake.

Big Number
952,758. That’s how many coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Texas as of Sunday, according to the New York Times.

Key Background
The lion’s share of U.S. states are seeing increases in new coronavirus cases. On Friday, the country counted more than 100,000 new daily coronavirus infections, a new record and the first time the U.S. has counted a six-figure total in just 24 hours. America’s top infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Washington Post the country is “in for a whole lot of hurt,” and “could not be positioned more poorly” for a projected increase in cases over the fall and winter months.

Further Reading
Texas passes California for most coronavirus cases despite smaller population (San Francisco Chronicle)

Fauci: U.S. Could Not ‘Be Positioned More Poorly’ For Winter And Coronavirus (Forbes)

U.S. Shatters Record With More Than 100,000 New Covid Cases In One Day (Forbes)

The Hidden Costs Of Coronavirus Hospitalizations (Forbes)

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