Texas is nearing 25,000 deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, the second highest total in the country.
On Friday, state health officials reported 294 new deaths due to COVID-19, bringing Texas’ death toll to 24,954.
Cases of COVID-19 and virus-related hospitalizations continue to rise in the state.
On Friday, the state reported 9,709 people hospitalized with the virus, an increase of nearly 22% over the last month.
The increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations comes as state health officials announced Friday that Texas will receive 620,000 more doses of COVID-19 vaccines over the next week.
More than 224,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have already been delivered in Texas.
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