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Daily coronavirus numbers for Houston, rest of Texas: July 9

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 7/10/2020 By Julian Gill and Matt Dempsey, Staff writer
a hand holding a blue bag: Toni Rodriguez checks the stitching on the back of a custom Texas-themed mask at Sweet Texas Treasures Boutique, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Montgomery. Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide face-covering order targets Texan counties with more than 20 coronavirus cases. © Jason Fochtman, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Toni Rodriguez checks the stitching on the back of a custom Texas-themed mask at Sweet Texas Treasures Boutique, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Montgomery. Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide face-covering order targets Texan counties with more than 20 coronavirus cases.

Texas continues to set new records in COVID-19 hospitalizations while the average number of new cases climbs statewide, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis.

On Thursday, there were 9,689 patients hospitalized for lab-confirmed COVID-19 in the state, a record high and a 0.82% percent increase in hospitalizations from the previous record, set Wednesday. There are 11,296 beds available statewide, including 953 in ICU.

This is the first time since March 13 that the state has had less than 1,000 ICU beds available.

The statewide case total jumped by 10,214 cases from 225,701 to 235,915 — the second highest daily case increase since the pandemic began. Another 106 deaths — the second-highest death increase so far— makes a total of 2,976 statewide. This is the second time the state has gone over 10,000 new cases and the second straight day with more than 100 deaths.

The state is now reporting 7,924.3 cases per day over the last week. Thursday was the sixth day in a row for an increase and a new record high.

The Houston region’s case count is 58,013, up 1,586 from Wednesday. Harris County added 907 new cases Thursday and is now at 40,919 cases total. There have been 603 deaths in the Houston region, up 16 from on Wednesdsay.

In the Texas Medical Center, ICUs hit 105 percent of their capacity, a new record. Hospitals are continuing to convert normal beds into ICU beds as part of “Phase 2” of the medical center’s surge plan.

The positive test rate statewide increased from 15.03% to 15.56%. The weekly rolling average of viral tests conducted is now at 48,201.

There are 5,224 ventilators available statewide.

You can see the latest numbers across Houston, Texas and the rest of the country with our interactives:

julian.gill@chron.com

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