AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials reported more than 3,400 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as 135 new COVID-19 deaths.
Hospitalizations from COVID-19 continued to fall. Amid those improvising numbers, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott scheduled a Thursday news conference at the Texas Capitol to discuss the state’s COVID-19 response. Abbott appeared to hint last month that more restrictions could be lifted in the face of pressure from bar and restaurant owners, as well as from some conservative GOP activists.
Bars have remained closed in Texas since June, when a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths occurred. More than 14,400 people have died from COVID-19 in Texas, most of them this summer. In all, there have been more 674,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Texas.
The true number of cases is likely higher though because many people haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
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.