Texas surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, a Houston Chronicle data analysis shows, with nearly a fifth of those cases in Harris County.
There were also 91 newly reported deaths on Sunday, pushing the statewide total to 8,868.
Some positive signs could be seen in the numbers, however.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases fell for the fourth straight day to 7,465. And the number of patients hospitalized with a confirmed case of COVID-19 statewide fell for the ninth straight day, to 7,437, the lowest tally since July 2.
The rate at which COVID-19 tests come back positive rose to a record high of 20.3 percent statewide, but this could be explained partly by a drop in the number of tests administered. The seven-day rolling average count of viral tests on Sunday fell to 39,726, the lowest mark since June 30.
Several Texas counties do not report COVID-19 numbers on Sundays, but those omissions are accounted for in the use of rolling averages covering the seven prior days.