The latest data from Texas’ urban counties, as well as statewide data, show recoveries have jumped higher and are still outpacing deaths from the Chinese coronavirus, with a 31 percent jump in estimated recoveries statewide from last week. Out of Texas’ population of over 29 million, 3,192 have tragically died from the virus.

Tarrant County’s updated total reported recoveries from the virus increased to 8,735—up a whopping 41 percent from last week’s total. Deaths increased from last week’s report of 238 to 272—14 percent higher.

This pattern of high recoveries and low deaths continue to be mirrored in other counties across the state as of Monday.

Data from Bexar, Denton, Tarrant, and Travis counties continue to confirm Tarrant County Public Health Director Dr. Vinny Taneja’s report that those over 65 and those with underlying conditions are at “high risk.”

Dallas County reported 457 deaths Monday out of 34,914 reported cases—roughly 76 times more reported cases than deaths. Dallas County doesn’t track recoveries or have an online dashboard to provide regular updates.

Statewide, there are an estimated 132,638 recoveries from the virus, compared with 3,192 deaths.

Counties are not required by state law to report recoveries, but a number are following Tarrant in doing so.

“The fact is that most of the people who get COVID-19 will recover,” Richard Hill of Tarrant County Public Health previously told Texas Scorecard.

Despite these encouraging numbers, Texas is under a statewide mask mandate, and rumors are circulating that a second statewide shutdown could soon be imposed.

The mandate has drawn strong criticism from grassroots voters and elected Republicans across the state. Eight county Republican executive committees have censured Gov. Greg Abbott for his recent coronavirus policies.

Voters concerned about the mask mandate policy or another shutdown may contact their elected state representative, state senator, and Gov. Abbott.

Robert Montoya

Born in Houston, Robert Montoya is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard. He believes transparency is the obligation of government.