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Coronavirus live updates: Texas sees major drop in positive COVID test rate

The Houston Chronicle’s Live Updates blog documents the latest events in the coronavirus outbreak in the Houston area, the state of Texas and across the U.S. with a focus on health and economic impacts.

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Total coronavirus cases:

• 555,770 cases in Texas, including 10,356 deaths.

• 132,192 in the Houston region, including 2,410 deaths.

• More than 5.4 million in the U.S., including 170,052 deaths. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and the latest coronavirus case counts.

• More than 21.7 million in the world, with more than 775,926 deaths. More than 13.6 million people have recovered. You can view the worldwide totals here.

Resources on COVID-19 and Texas’ reopening: Use our interactive page to track the spread of cases through Harris County and the rest of Texas. For a detailed look at our state, check out the Chronicle’s Texas Coronavirus Map. To get regular updates on our coverage, sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.

Latest updates from today:

8:25 a.m. Finn Hall was bustling. Now, the office workers – and customers – who bring downtown to life are staying at home. But since the pandemic slowed business for the new food hall, Finn Hall owner Lionstone Investments has begun throwing its tenants a lifeline. The landlord, along with JPMorgan Chase and other organizations, have raised $54,450 to support Finn Hall’s restaurant owners.

8:00 a.m. Texas’ positive test rate saw a significant drop Sunday from 14.62 percent to 11.25 percent, the fourth straight day with a decline and less than half of the rate five days ago, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of state data.

The decline comes as the statewide rolling average of viral tests continues to grow. The state reported an additional batch of 117,365 viral tests Sunday, bringing the weekly average to 59,025. The average has more than doubled since Aug. 12.

Texas also saw an increase of 8,203 cases for a total of 555,770. A reporting backlog at the Texas Department of State Health Services contributed to Sunday’s cases total. Another 112 deaths brought the overall fatality count to 10,356.

The state’s rolling average for new cases is now at 7,660.4, an increase from Saturday.

– Julian Gill and Jordan Rubio

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