Texas has reported a massive surge in infections that has poised infections in the range of 10,000 within a single day.The record breaking daily surge puts Texas within range of a growing outbreak issues and rising hospitalization needs. The Texas Health and Human Service Commission reported 10,028 new cases which surpasses the state’s previous new record which was tagged at 8,260 which was reported on July 4th. This marks as the first time where Texas has reported infections well above 10,000 which puts the state in risk of a New York sized outbreak.
Health officials are keeping a close eye on hospitalization needs because it can indicate how severe an outbreak marks in a certain area. The state also reports a percentage of total positive tests since mid-June hovering around 13.5% on an average since Monday. The so-called positivity rate indicates how bad an outbreak marks in a certain region. In retrospect, the New York outbreak reported more than 40% of all COVID-19 tests that came back positive. However, the current New York positivity rate stands at less than 1%.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott previously noted that a positivity rate above 10% would be considered as a “warning flag” for the state. The outbreak in Texas now stands shoulder to shoulder with the outbreak in New York when the Empire State was reporting an average cases of 10,000 new cases per day. Chris Van Deusen, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services reports that the state reported “fairly low new case numbers Sunday and Monday following the holiday”
Texas is one of 36 states where cases grew by 5% or more starting Monday which is based on a seven-day average compiled by the John Hopkins University. According to John Hopkins University, the state has now been reporting 6,990 new cases on average which points to a 26% increase from the previous week.