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Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for August 17

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8:54 am CDT, Monday, August 17, 2020

Members of the medical staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

Members of the medical staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images

Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images

Members of the medical staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

Members of the medical staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images

Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for August 17

Chron.com is following the latest headlines on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the Houston area

10 a.m.: The latest Houston, Texas numbers

Texas recorded more than 10,300 total COVID-19 deaths as of Sunday — around a one percent increase, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of state data.

As of Sunday evening, the statewide total had risen from 547,561 to 555,770 cases total. Part of the large increase comes from more than 5,300 new cases in Dallas County, which were reported when a data error was corrected.

The Houston region’s case count had risen by 691 to 132,192 cases total, and the 23 new deaths reported brought the region’s death count up to 2,410. Harris County reported 555 new cases and is now at 92,253 cases total.

Several more free COVID-19 testing sites were announced throughout the Houston area. To see a full list, visit the city of Houston website.

NOTE: The numbers included in this report represent a one-day change in data from Saturday, August 15 through Sunday, August 16. It is still unclear how many of the state’s new cases can be attributed to jail inmates from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The Houston Chronicle’s analysis of COVID-19 case data now includes probable and pending cases. This change is based on interviews with multiple public health officials and epidemiologists, as well as in line with CDC guidelines on reporting. DSHS is now using death certificate data for its counts of COVID deaths, leading some Texas counties to have dramatically higher counts than others and some counties to have higher numbers than state figures.


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