Texas COVID-19 cases top 10,000, deaths go past 200

Helpers Jennifer Byrnes, right, and Alisa Alonzo gather bags of split peas to load into cars as thousands of people - some waiting since late Wednesday afternoon - gathered at Traders Village to get food from the San Antonio Food Bank on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in San Antonio, during the coronavirus pandemic. (Kin Man Hui/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The volume of patients in Texas with the illness caused by the novel coronavirus topped 10,000 cases Thursday, with the number of deaths topping 200, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.

The case numbers updated hourly by the university’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering tallied 10,439 cases in Texas as of late Thursday afternoon, up from just over 9,300 reported by state health officials on Wednesday morning.

Fatalities in Texas from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, reached 205 Thursday afternoon, according to the university, up from the 177 Texas deaths reported by state health officials Wednesday morning.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and 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.

Harris County reported the most cases with 2,341 and the most deaths with 31 as of Thursday afternoon. Dallas County was second with 1,432 cases and 22 deaths. Tarrant County reported 637 cases and 20 deaths, the same number of deaths reported in Bexar County.

MAMMOTH RUSH FOR FOOD

As millions of Americans remain jobless because of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands lined up at a San Antonio flea market Thursday for a distribution of household essentials.

About 10,000 households were aided in a jammed flea market lot as the San Antonio Food Bank served more people than at any time in its 40-year history, Food Bank President Eric Cooper told the San Antonio Express-News.

Cooper says the Food Bank has fed about 15,500 households in the past 10 days.

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