The number of COVID-19 cases is climbing again in Texas.
Data from Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday showed the two-week rolling average of new cases in the state has increased by 500.3 per day or 10.1%. The uptick came as the state prepared to lift its masking mandate Wednesday.
The state health department on Tuesday reported a little over 4,800 new confirmed or probable cases, bringing the state’s pandemic total to almost 2.7 million, an estimated 128,614 of which are now active. Texas hospitals had 4,702 COVID-19 cases on Monday, the most recent day available, 373 more than on Sunday.
The 167 new COVID-19-related fatalities reported Tuesday to bring the state’s pandemic death toll to 44,650.