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Coronavirus live updates: Texas sees first day with 6,000+ new cases since late September

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 10/22/2020 Julie Garcia, Houston Chronicle

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Total coronavirus cases:

• 872,139 cases in Texas, including 17,578 deaths.

• 215,645 in the Houston region, including 3,664 deaths.

• More than 8.3 million in the U.S., including 222,220 deaths. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and the latest coronavirus case counts.

• More than 41.3 million in the world, with more than 1.1 million deaths. More than 28.1 million people have recovered. You can view the worldwide totals here.

Resources on COVID-19 and Texas' reopening: Use our interactive page to track the spread of cases through Harris County and the rest of Texas. For a detailed look at our state, check out the Chronicle's Texas Coronavirus Map. To get regular updates on our coverage, sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.

Latest updates from today:

8:58 a.m. One day after closing 16 campuses due to one positive or presumptive positive case, Houston ISD officials announced they will now close if two or more confirmed positive cases are reported on a campus.

The district said students and staff would shift to virtual learning should campuses be closed under the new guidelines, but learning would continue “as normal” if the campus remains open after a single positive case.

Read this for more on Houston ISD's approach to handling COVID-19.

— Shelby Webb

8:10 a.m. The total number of cases in Texas stands at 872,139, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of statewide data. That’s an increase of 6,241 cases from Tuesday.

Texas added 101 newly reported deaths, for a total of 17,578 statewide.

Wednesday was the first day with more than 6,000 newly reported cases since late September. The state's rolling average for new cases is now at 5,263.6.

The Houston region count is 215,645, up 1,183 from yesterday. Harris County added 843 cases, 206 of which are older cases and is at 156,035 cases total. There have been 3,664 deaths in the Houston region, up 19.

The positive test rate is now at 8.81%. The rolling average of viral tests is now at 58,171.

Statewide, there were 4,782 patients hospitalized for lab-confirmed COVID-19. There are 64,884 total staffed hospital beds, 12,019 beds available and 7,593 ICU beds available. There are 4,782 ventilators available.

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