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Total coronavirus cases:
• 466,276 cases in Texas, including 7,757 deaths.
• 111,837 in the Houston region, including 1,808 deaths.
• More than 4.7 million in the U.S., including 156,839 deaths. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and the latest coronavirus case counts.
• More than 18.5 million in the world, with more than 701,200 deaths. More than 11.1 million people have recovered. You can view the worldwide totals here.
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Latest updates from today:
9:05 a.m. Another oil and gas company is reporting a plunge in revenue.
Shale driller Pioneer Natural Resources suffered steep losses in the sum of $439 million during the second quarter as the novel coronavirus pandemic continued to wreak havoc on the energy industry, writes the Chronicle’s Paul Takahashi. That’s more than double the $169 million that the Irving-based company reported losing during the same period in 2019.
During the second quarter, the company cut production by 7,000 barrels a day.
8:32 a.m. A pair of Houston Chronicle columnists have this to say about the ongoing effects of the novel coronavirus:
Chris Tomlinson writes that COVID-19 has cost the U.S. five years of economic growth between April and June, and the country will need years to grow back to 2019 levels. In the long term, 8,000 deaths in Texas alone translates to an economic loss of $72 billion, using the federal statistical value of life.
Meanwhile, Erica Grieder contends that a majority of Texans believe some blame on the surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities lies with our political leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott.
The governor’s approval rating for his handling of the crisis has plummeted from 61 percent in April to just 38 percent last month, according to a new poll from Harvard, Northeastern, Northwestern and Rutgers universities. And Abbott was singled out for blame by at least one bereaved family after the death of 79-year-old David W. Nagy, a father of five, in east Texas in July.
7:31 a.m. The oil and gas industry keeps taking hits from the pandemic.
Struggling oil field service company Weatherford International lost $581 million in the second quarter, the Chronicle’s Sergio Chapa reports, marking an 83 percent drop compared to the $316 million loss during the second quarter of 2019.
The company attributed its losses to a drop in prices and COVID-related restrictions that led to “unprecedented reductions in customer spending in the quarter.”
7:07 a.m. The statewide COVID-19 case total continues to fluctuate as Texas added another 10,039 new infections Tuesday, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of state data.
The increase, which brought the statewide case total to 466,276, comes after Texas saw 6,690 new cases Monday and 4,981 the previous day. The state’s seven-day rolling average for new cases is now at 8,504.3, a decrease from Monday.
Another 213 newly reported deaths — the 7th highest increase to date — brings the statewide fatality count to 7,757.
– Julian Gill