What we know about the 54,395 COVID-19 cases and 1,499 deaths in Texas

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — KXAN is keeping track of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, by aggregating data from the Texas Department of State Health Services and local and county health departments. Click here for data specific to Central Texas.

How many cases are there in Texas?

The state’s first case of COVID-19 was reported March 4 in Fort Bend County. As of May 22, Texas has officially reported 53,449 cases of COVID-19 in the state. DSHS only reports new numbers once a day, but several local and county health departments report new numbers throughout the day. A KXAN count of these shows at least 54,395 cases of COVID-19. Here’s a look at our current count of cases across Texas:

Reported Cases in Texas

Hover or tap the counties below to see the known patient count. Mobile users can zoom in and move the map using two-finger touch.

Harris County has the most cases of COVID-19, with 10,526. When adjusted for population though, other counties rise to the top, notably Moore and Potter Counties in the Panhandle. The map below shows the rate of cases per 1,000 people, using July 2019 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

How many people have died?

The state’s first COVID-19-related death was reported March 16 in Matagorda County. As of May 22, the state has officially reported 1,480 deaths. KXAN’s count, based on local and county health departments, currently stands at 1,499 deaths. Harris County has the most deaths related to COVID-19, with 217.

Reported Deaths in Texas

Hover or tap the counties below to see the known number of deaths related to COVID-19. Mobile users can zoom in and move the map using two-finger touch.

How many people are in the hospital?

DSHS reports 1,578 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized across the state. As of May 22, 8.01 percent of active cases currently require hospitalization.

How many people have recovered?

DSHS is estimating that 32,277 patients have recovered from COVID-19 across the state. The number is an estimate based on assumptions related to hospitalization rates and recovery times, according to the state. Based on this, KXAN estimates 19,692 cases are still active. The chart below shows how the number of active cases has changed over time.

How has the number of cases changed over time?

KXAN is keeping track of the daily increase in COVID-19 cases across Texas. The highest daily jump occurred on May 16, when 1,801 new cases were added to the state’s total. The largest increase in deaths in a single day occurred on May 14, when 58 new deaths were reported.

How many people have been tested?

A total of 834,437 people have received their test results, according to DSHS. Additional tests that are pending are not included in the state numbers. As of May 22, 6.41 percent of all tests have come back positive. That means 93.59 percent of tests have been negative. Also as of May 22, the state’s seven-day average positive rate is 4.38 percent.

Editor’s Note: DSHS recently disclosed that the total number of test results reported include those of antibody tests, in addition to viral/PCR tests. This has, in effect, deflated the state’s seven-day average positive rate. KXAN will soon be adjusting its numbers and graphs to correctly calculate the positive rate.

Overview of the latest figures

Here are the latest numbers reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services, as of May 22:

  • 53,449 reported cases
  • 1,480 deaths
  • 1,578 current hospitalizations
  • 32,277 patients recovered (estimated)
  • 834,437 test results returned
  • KXAN estimates 19,692 active cases

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