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

Friday marked the third-highest day for new COVID-19 cases and the second-highest day for new deaths since the pandemic began, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of state data.

From Thursday to Friday, Texas added 11,283 new cases and is now at 436,402 cases total. The state’s death count increase by 642 to 7,107. The Houston Chronicle reached out directly to Texas county officials for the latest confirmed death counts due to The Texas Department of State Health Services’ decision to change the way it counts deaths.

The positive test rate rose to 12.12 percent and the state’s rolling average for new cases is now at 8110.6. As of Friday evening, there were 9,336 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in Texas hospitals.

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The Houston region added 2,642 new cases and is now at 103,428 cases total. The region reported 67 new deaths that brought the death count up to 1,664. Harris County reported 2,114 new cases and is now at 72,964 cases total.

NOTE: The numbers included in this report represent a one-day change in data from Thursday, July 30 through Friday, July 31. 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.

rebecca.hennes@chron.com

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