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Healthcare workers at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

Texas has surpassed 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, Johns Hopkins University data shows.

Why it matters: Texas is the first U.S. state to pass the milestone. It has the 10th most cases in the world, reporting 1,010,364 infections by early Wednesday — more than Italy, which has confirmed 995,463 cases, per JHU.

For the record: Over 19,300 people have died from the virus in the state.

  • El Paso is an epicenter, with over 65,600 cases and 682 deaths from COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, per local health data. The Defense Department last week deployed medical teams to the Texas city to help out.
  • Dallas County is another hot spot, with some 21% of all emergency department visits being related to COVID-19 as of Monday night. County judge Clay Jenkins tweeted Tuesday that the 1,401 new cases marked the "largest we have ever seen other than days when large backlogs were recorded."

What they're saying: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said in a statement officials had "prepared allocation plans to swiftly distribute medicines and vaccines that are now becoming available to treat COVID-19."

The big picture: Coronavirus cases are spiking across the country. The U.S. surpassed 10 million confirmed infections on Monday.

  • The U.S. hit a record-high 130,989 new cases on Tuesday, as the number of people hospitalized with the virus in the U.S. reached a peak of 61,964.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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The CDC is urging “universal face mask use” for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, citing recent case spikes as the U.S. has entered a phase of “high-level transmission” before winter officially begins.

Why it matters: Daily COVID-related deaths across the U.S. hit a new record on Wednesday. Face coverings have been shown to increase protection of the wearer and those around them, despite some Americans' reluctance to use them.

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Bay Area counties to enact stay-at-home order ahead of state mandate

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Counties around the San Francisco Bay Area will adopt California’s new regional stay-at-home order amid surges in cases and ICU hospitalizations, health officials said Friday.

The big picture: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a three-week stay-at-home order on Thursday that would go into effect in regions with less than 15% ICU capacity. Despite the Bay Area’s current 25.3% ICU capacity, health officials from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and the city of Berkeley are moving ahead with a shelter-in-place mandate in the hopes of reducing risk.

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