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Coronavirus live updates: Texas tops 11,000 COVID deaths as positivity rate rises

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:

• 581,999 cases in Texas, including 11,128 deaths.

• 138,645 in the Houston region, including 2,571 deaths.

• More than 5.5 million in the U.S., including 174,290 deaths. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and the latest coronavirus case counts.

• More than 22.7 million in the world, with more than 794,256 deaths. More than 14.5 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:

9:10 a.m.: Mizzen+Main, a Dallas-based retailer of dress shirts and casual menswear with a store in the Heights, used support from the government’s Payroll Protection Program to develop new strategies of connecting with customers as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.

8:58 a.m.: The real estate market for single-family homes had another good month, fueled by low interest rates and a desire of many shoppers to move further out of the city as more people settle into working from home as the coronavirus spreads. Economic uncertainty is also causing shoppers to tighten their budgets so more people are shopping for less expensive homes, further tightening the market for homes in the $500,000 to $750,000 range.

8:43 a.m.: Schools in the Houston area have lost contact with tens of thousands of students as the coronavirus pandemic spreads. Local school districts have been unable to reach about 2 percent of their students

8:27 a.m.: Downtown Houston is a ghost town as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take hold. The crowds are gone, many restaurants are closed and traffic moves freely.

8 a.m. Texas reported 4,867 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 581,999, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of state data.

Another 205 newly reported deaths brings the overall fatality count to 11,128. The state’s seven-day rolling average for new cases is now 7,385.6.

The Houston region’s case count is 138,645, up 1,439 from Wednesday. Harris County added 955 new cases Thursday, and is now at 95,631 cases total. There have been 2,571 deaths in the Houston region, up 44 from Wednesday.

The positivity test rate rose, going from 10.81 percent to 14.3 percent. The rolling average of viral tests is 45,187.

Statewide, there were 5,635 patients hospitalized for lab-confirmed COVID-19. There are 55,685 total staffed hospital beds, and 11,310 beds available, including 1,207 ICU beds. There are 6,911 ventilators available.

– Julian Gill and Stephanie Lamm 

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