Peter Wells in New York
Daily rates of new coronavirus cases in Texas continue to climb, while hospitalisations hit their highest in about three months on Monday.
A further 6,858 people in Texas tested positive for Covid-19, the health department revealed this afternoon, up from 6,390 new cases on Monday and compared with 3,816 on Monday last week.
The Lone Star state has averaged about 8,500 new cases a day over the past week, the highest level since late July.
Authorities have for months been adding older cases stemming from backlogs of tests at commercial laboratories to the statewide total, although these are excluded from the new daily figures. There were 310 historical cases revealed by the health department on Monday.
Some of the state’s other coronavirus metrics have been trending higher, and not necessarily for the better. Texas is averaging more than 100,000 tests a day, around record levels, and its statewide positivity rate has dropped nearly 1 percentage point since hitting a three-month high of 12.45 per cent about a week ago.
But hospitalisations jumped by about 200 to 7,468 on Monday, the highest in three months.
A further 20 deaths were attributed to coronavirus on Monday, but the state late last week began averaging more than 100 fatalities a day for the first time since late September.
Monday figures tend to be lower than other days of the week due to weekend delays in reporting.