Texas reports 172 COVID-19 deaths; fewer hospitalized

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)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas reported 172 more deaths Friday, and state health officials said the number of hospitalizations with the illness the virus causes has resumed its downward trend.

The deaths raised the death toll for the coronavirus pandemic to more than 41,600, but hospitalizations fell by 117 patients to 7,757 Thursday, the most recent number available from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The confirmed and probable coronavirus cases reported to the state rose by 2,791 to 2,577,131, of which an estimated 227,726 are active.

Texas’ COVID-19 deaths are at more than 41,600, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Texas has fallen by 13,998.9, a decrease of 73.6%, according to figures from Johns Hopkins.