Texas reports third consecutive day of record coronavirus hospitalizations
Texas health authorities reported a total of 2,153 coronavirus hospitalizations on Wednesday, up from 2,056 on Tuesday and 1,935 patients Monday, CNBC reports.
Why it matters: The three days of record-breaking coronavirus hospitalizations come more than a month after Texas allowed its statewide stay-at-home order to expire.
- The recording-breaking hospitalizations also follow large protests in urban areas over the death of George Floyd.
- Hospitalization figures are generally viewed as a more reliable indicator of coronavirus spread than growth in reported cases, which can be a product of increased testing.
The big picture: Coronavirus cases are increasing in at least 21 states as businesses reopen and people attempt to return to their normal, pre-virus routines, according to the New York Times.
- Hospitalizations have increased in nine states since Memorial Day — Texas, North and South Carolina, California, Oregon, Arkansas, Mississippi, Utah and Arizona, the Washington Post reports.