How Texas’ current COVID-19 cases stack up against the nation


Despite ongoing vaccination efforts, new daily cases of COVID-19 are on the rise across much of the United States.

Since the first known case of COVID-19 was identified in the United States on January 21, 2020, there have been a total of approximately 48,983,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, or 14,972 per 100,000 people.

In Texas, the infection rate is slightly higher than the national average. Since the first known case of COVID-19 was reported in Texas on February 12, 2020, there have been 4,330,392 total infections in the state – or 15,088 per 100,000 people. Of the 50 states and Washington DC, Texas ranks 31st in cumulative COVID-19 cases, adjusted for population.

Just as COVID-19 infections are more concentrated in Texas, so are deaths. So far, there have been 72,989 COVID-19-related deaths in Texas, or 254 per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, the national COVID-19 death rate stands at 239 per 100,000 Americans.

Texas put strict measures in place early in the pandemic to help slow the spread of the virus. On April 2, 2020, Texas implemented a statewide temporary stay-at-home order to limit person-to-person contact.

All COVID-19 data used in this story is current as of December 8, 2021.

These are all of the counties in Texas where COVID-19 is slowing (and getting even worse).

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