Texas health officials reported 3,872 new cases Tuesday of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but the addition of 260 previously unreported cases raised the Tuesday total by 4,132 cases.
The newly reported cases raised to 773,435 the total caseload reported in Texas since tracking and tracing of the pandemic began in March, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported. An estimated 71,611 of those cases are active, with 3,394 of those requiring hospitalization.
However, the true number of cases in Texas is likely higher though because many people haven't been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
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The 78 deaths from COVID-19 reported Tuesday raised to 16,111 the Texas death toll since early March.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.