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Texas records zero COVID-19 deaths for first day in over a year

Texas records zero COVID-19 deaths for first day in over a year

May 18, 2021
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For the first time in 14 months, the state of Texas has gone one day without recording a single COVID-19 death. According to data from the Department of State Health Services, the state reached the milestone on Sunday — the only time that has occurred since the pandemic first […]

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For the first time in 14 months, the state of Texas has gone one day without recording a single COVID-19 death.

According to data from the Department of State Health Services, the state reached the milestone on Sunday — the only time that has occurred since the pandemic first hit Houston in March 2020.

In a Sunday tweet, Gov. Greg Abbott also noted the state had a record low seven-day positivity rate, and that cases and hospitalizations were at their lowest marks since last summer.

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Rice University health economic Vivian Ho said the numbers were “good news,” but cautioned against complacency.

She noted many workers are still contracting COVID-19, and said people should remain vigilant until those trends change.

“I’ll breathe more easily when that happens,” she said.

The announcement came days after the state began vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds en masse, including at NRG Park. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said last week that the newly-eligible adolescents made up one-third of those who received vaccinations at the superhub on Thursday.

This story will be updated.

robert.downen@chron.com

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