Texas virus cases rise by 7,677, more than 1,000 in El Paso

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of reported coronavirus cases in Texas rose by 7,677, Saturday with more than 1,000 of those in El Paso where a coronavirus surge has formed a significant part of the statewide COVID-19 trend, health officials reported.

The El Paso health department reported 1,020 new cases Saturday for a total of 61,104 since the pandemic began and that 1,064 people were hospitalized as three Air Force medical teams are being sent to assist health officials.

Statewide, the Texas health department reported 950,549 total cases since the start of the pandemic. The department reported 6,068 people were hospitalized Saturday and there were 111 additional deaths for a total 18,700 dead.

There are 122,845 reported active cases and 811,330 have recovered.

El Paso health officials reported four more deaths to raise the count to 661 and five Federal Emergency Management Administration trailers have been sent to the border city to help accommodate the surge of COVID-19 fatalities.

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