THURSDAY, June 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As COVID-19 cases surge in Texas, the state is pausing its reopening process and freeing up hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.
Texas has recorded more than 130,000 cases and nearly 3,000 deaths. Currently, the state has more than 4,300 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, more than double the number at the start of June, The New York Times reported.
Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order suspending elective procedures at hospitals in four counties and said that businesses that already reopened can continue to operate, but any further reopening is on hold in Texas, one of 29 states with rising numbers of cases.
On Wednesday, the United States reported its largest one-day total since the start of the pandemic: 36,880 new cases. On the same day, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas reported their highest single-day totals, according to The Times.