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COVID-19 report - August 7
By Allen Rich
Aug 8, 2020
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Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 report

Austin, Texas -- Texas surpassed the 8,000 plateau of fatalities related to COVID-19 on Friday, but new cases of the novel coronavirus, as well as hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients, continued to decrease.

The state reported 7,039 newly confirmed cases during the past 24 hours, according to the latest daily data release by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). New cases peaked three weeks ago and have steadily dropped.

Hospitalization numbers are also improving daily. Texas hospitals currently have 8,065 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients, down from 8,302 COVID-19 patients 24 hours ago.

After climbing for five-consecutive days, the seven-day positivity rate dipped slightly to 16.79% in Friday's data release.

In South Texas, Harris County had 1,005 new cases during the past 24 hours.

In North Texas, Tarrant County was notified of 423 new cases and Dallas County had 230 newly confirmed cases.

Collin County was advised of 217 new cases and Denton County reported 117 new cases.

Grayson County and Cooke County both reported 11 new cases, Lamar County had six new cases and Fannin County was notified of five new cases.

Texas has reported a total of 474,524 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with an estimated 331,668 recoveries and 8,096 fatalities related to COVID-19.