Houston coronavirus updates: New cases in Texas fall for fourth consecutive day

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Total name of coronavirus cas:

• 386,196 cases in Texas, including 4,957 deaths.

• 91,465 in the Houston area, including 892 deaths.

• Over 4.2 million in the United States, including 146,927 deaths. Click here to see a map of the United States with the number of deaths by state and the latest count of coronavirus cases.

• More than 16.1 million worldwide, with more than 647,846 deaths. More than 8.9 million people have recovered. You can view the global totals here.

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Latest updates today:

20 h The number of new COVID-19 cases in Texas fell for the fourth day in a row Sunday to 4,811, according to an analysis of state data by the Houston Chronicle.

The last time the number of new cases was this low was July 5, and it was a holiday weekend with even fewer counties. The state’s seven-day moving average for new cases also continued to decline, hitting a seven-day low of 8,060.

There are now 391,007 cases statewide. Another 102 new deaths make a total of 5,059. There have been 1,068 new deaths in the past seven days.

The number of cases in the Houston area is 92,867, up 1,402 from Saturday. Harris County added 1,236 new cases today and is now at 65,349 total cases. There have been 921 deaths in the Houston area, 29 compared to yesterday.

The statewide positive test rate fell from 13.44% to 13.76%.

For the fourth day in a row, the Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting incomplete hospitalization numbers due to a transition in reporting to comply with new federal requirements. As of July 26, 85 percent of hospitals reported complete data to the DSHS, resulting in a partial data set and the emergence of a drop in hospitalizations.

With this warning, the agency reported 10,075 hospital patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in Texas. There are 54,974 total hospital beds and 11,443 beds available, of which 1,243 are intensive care beds. There are 5,544 fans available.

19 h A Harris County Police Bureau deputy died of COVID-19 after a two-month battle with the virus, authorities said on Sunday.

The wife of MP Mark Brown, 53, said he died around 11 p.m. Saturday at their home after spending about two months in intensive care at a hospital. He was allowed to return home on Friday, she said.

“The kindest, sweetest, most generous man I have had the privilege to call my husband has been called home to be with Heavenly Father,” said MP’s wife Michelle Brown, in a message from GoFundMe. “Mark Brown, I am very honored and fortunate to spend 24 years with you by my side.”

– Nicole Hensley

18 h 50 So how serious is COVID-19 in Houston? Zach Despart and Mike Morris of The Chronicle help readers discover themselves by explaining key data sets on hospital capacity and new cases in the Houston area. Read more.

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