Over the past couple of weeks, the rolling average number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Texas has dropped by 42.5%, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the Associated Press reported Monday.
This new data comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made the decision last week to end the Lone Star State’s COVID-19 restrictions, including the mask mandate.
On Sunday, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported 2,347 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases and 69 additional deaths, per the AP. Additionally, the DSHS stated that the number of hospitalizations has continued to decrease, down to 4,093.
As things currently stand, Texas—the second-most populous state—has the third-highest death toll from COVID-19 in the whole country, with 46,300 people having died from the virus there so far.
As far as inoculations are progressing, more than 2.8 million Texans—nearly 10% of the state—have completed their vaccinations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
Abbott shared the news to Twitter on Monday, and celebrated the dropping numbers.
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“The Covid positivity rate continues to plummet; now down to 5.9%. That is the lowest in almost 10 months. Covid hospitalizations dropped below 4,000 for the first time in 5 months,” the governor posted. “Most importantly, Covid related fatalities today are the lowest reported this year.”
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