AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) — Worsening coronavirus trends in Texas have again set another grim milestone.
State health officials on Saturday reported 10,351 new COVID-19 cases, setting the record as the highest single-day number since the pandemic. The previous record was on Tuesday with 10,028 cases.
As of Friday, there are 250,462 COVID-19 cases in Texas, with 119,470 of those cases being active. Health officials also added 99 new COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the state’s total to 3,112.
On Thursday, the state also reported 100 deaths in a single day for the first time, making this the deadliest week of the pandemic in what has rapidly become one of America’s coronavirus hot zones.
In addition to 105 new deaths, Texas also reported a new high for hospitalizations for the 10th consecutive day.
In the Rio Grande Valley area, there are only four available ICU beds and 353 available hospital beds.
State officials said 10,083 patients are hospitalized statewide,
The bleak numbers, and uncertainty over when a reversal might come, has hospitals across Texas amplifying calls for more staff and scrambling to make room for new COVID-19 patients filling beds.
The new COVID-19 record comes hours after Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he’s extending the disaster declaration for all Texas counties and bringing additional federal resources to Houston to help combat COVID-19.
Abbott also told local news outlets on Friday that he thinks things will only get worse, and is willing to consider further restrictions if necessary.