AUSTIN, Texas – The number of coronavirus cases reported by the Texas health department surpassed 900,000 on Saturday and more than 18,000 people in the state have now died due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
There were a reported 6,845 new cases and 90 additional deaths to bring the totals to 900,596 cases and 18,024 who have died since the pandemic began in March.
The true number of cases in Texas is likely higher though because many people haven’t been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
The health department reported 102,769 active cases of the virus, that 782,006 people have recovered while the number of hospitalizations increased by 69 to 5,696.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
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