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Texas became the first and only state to surpass 1 million COVID-19 cases, according to John Hopkins University—as Austin is experiencing a rise in cases.


Yesterday, Texas posted its worst day of the pandemic yet, with 10,865 new cases reported. In total, Texas has reached 1,010,364 COVID-19 cases with 19,337 deaths. With such a high number, Texas is reporting a tenth of the country's total.

In addition to a record number of cases in a single day, Texas recorded 94 COVID-19 deaths yesterday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The surge is partly attributed to border cities El Paso and Laredo, which are reporting record numbers that haven't been seen since August. Laredo reports 16,558 total cases with 934 active cases, and El Paso reports 65,651 total cases with 27,895 active cases—after adding over 1,000 new cases on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Austin is seeing its own uptick in new cases. Travis County has reported a total of 33,559 cases with 1,388 currently active and 461 total deaths.

Though Austin's numbers aren't as dramatic as neighboring cities, the city is still contributing to the statewide total.

Studies have shown that not everyone experiences symptoms when they have contracted COVID-19, which likely means the numbers are even higher.

Common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell and fatigue, among others. It can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death, for older adults.

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Investigators talked to witnesses at the apartment complex and have a suspect in mind. No other information has been revealed at this time.

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