The state of Texas has reached an unfortunate milestone amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Per data from Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday, Texas has become the first U.S. state to surpass 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.
CBS News on Wednesday points out that the state, the second-most populous one in the U.S., has more coronavirus cases than all of Italy.
The news organization also mentions that California is close behind with 986,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, followed by Florida with more than 852,000.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Texas’ COVID-19 infection rate rose in October after staying level the previous month.
CBS News reports that Harris and Dallas counties have reported the most cases of COVID-19, while El Paso, which has been reported to have more than 64,000 cases, has become one of the country’s epicenters.
Clay Jenkins, county judge for the Dallas area, wrote in a tweet Tuesday, “Our COVID-19 outbreak is spiking dangerously. We are 7-10 days away from reaching our highest COVID hospitalization census to date if we do not immediately renew our resolve and change our behaviors.”
That same day, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the state has made plans to swiftly distribute medicines and vaccines that are becoming available to treat COVID-19.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, more than 60,000 Americans were hospitalized with the coronavirus on Tuesday.
Despite this news, Pfizer announced Monday that its vaccine to prevent COVID-19 looks to be 90 percent effective based on early results. Testing is ongoing.
As of Wednesday at 11:22 a.m. PST, John Hopkins University reports there are 1,010,364 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 19,337 coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Texas.
As of Wednesday at 7:56 a.m. EST, The New York Times reports there are more than 10,331,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States with 240,200 coronavirus-related deaths.