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More than 18,000 new virus cases, 332 more deaths in Texas

EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 14: Frontline healthcare workers greet incoming vehicles at a drive-in COVID-19 testing site amid a surge of COVID-19 cases on November 14, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. Texas eclipsed one million COVID-19 cases November 11th with El Paso holding the most cases statewide. Health officials in El Paso today announced 15 additional COVID-19 related deaths pushing the virus death toll to 756. Active cases in El Paso are now over 30,000. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)

Texas health officials reported more than 18,000 new and probable coronavirus cases on Saturday and 332 more deaths due to the illness caused by the virus.

There have been more than 2 million virus cases and 36,320 deaths as a result of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to the Texas health department.

During the past two weeks, the seven-day rolling average of COVID deaths in Texas has increased from 305.71 per day to 325.86, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and Texas ranked eighth in the nation in the number of new cases per capita with 882.41 cases per 100,000 population.

The rolling average of new cases in the state has declined from 22,520.29 per day to 16,962.71, according to the Johns Hopkins data.

Hospitalizations in the state has fallen slightly with 11,473 patients reported Saturday, after reaching a high of 14,218 on Jan. 11.

The state has received nearly 2.9 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine and more than 2.2 million have received an inoculation, including 413,844 who have received both doses of the two dose protocol, according to the Covid Tracking Project.