How many people in Texas have coronavirus?

There have been at least 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Texas.

Updated: March 16, 2020, Texas Tribune

The largest numbers of cases have mostly been centered in the Houston area, in North Texas and at a federal quarantine site in San Antonio. But all five of the state’s most populous urban areas have cases.

Have any Texans died?

Yes. One man in his 90s died March 15 in what is believed to be the first death in Texas linked to the virus.

Is coronavirus spreading person to person in Texas?

Yes. That has prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to promise more testing capacity and urge Texans to practice social distancing, something health experts and local officials have also promoted. Community spread, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as the “occurrence of cases for which the source of infection is unknown,” has prompted school district officials and colleges across the state to suspend classes, move to online courses or cancel the remainder of the school year. Community spread has also spurred officials in Harris and Dallas counties to prohibit in-person dining and close bars and clubs.




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