Texas Reports Most COVID-19 Deaths Since Mid-January

State health officials reported a spike in daily deaths from the new coronavirus Tuesday to a level not recorded since the middle of last month.

There were 301 deaths reported Tuesday from COVID-19, the illness the coronavirus causes, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

That was the most since Jan. 14 and brought the state's coronavirus death toll for the pandemic to 39,001.

The state also reported 12,966 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the number of Texas cases to just over 2.5 million since the pandemic began. Of those, an estimated 322,999 are active.

Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations held steady at 9,401, department spokesman Chris Van Deusen said Tuesday.

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