Texas COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 50K, Vaccinations Rise

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas has topped 50,000 COVID-19 deaths during the 14-month pandemic, university researchers reported Wednesday, April 28.

Johns Hopkins University researchers placed the Texas COVID-19 death toll at 50,037 Wednesday, out of 3,092,597 cases.

That toll is the nation’s third-highest.

But researchers say the rolling two-week average of new cases continues to decline, with a 480-case decrease in the average number of daily cases as of Wednesday.

That is a 13% decrease.

The number of vaccinated Texans continues to rise.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost 38% of the Texas population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 26% were fully vaccinated.

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