That means about one tenth of the country’s more than 10 million positive tests were reported in the Lone Star state.
If Texas — home to about 29 million people — were its own country, it would be ranked among the world’s Top 10 countries in terms of total cases, according to Johns Hopkins data.
“It may be as much as 20 per day the next two to three weeks. There might be more and more an incline of deaths,” the judge told CNN affiliate KFOX.
The county is among the hardest hit in the country. Hundreds of personnel have been sent by the state to assist local hospitals and an alternate care site at the El Paso convention center is also up and running.
And while officials haven’t pinpointed a single cause that led to the surge, the El Paso mayor previously said “37% of our positives were from visiting large big-box stores,” while others were from restaurants, travel to Mexico, parties, gyms and a small percentage were due to large gatherings.
Inside Texas jails and prisons, another crisis
The report, from the University of Texas at Austin, found that more people in Texas prisons have contracted the virus than in any other prison system in the country.
There have been at least 231 deaths from Covid-19 in Texas correctional facilities — and that includes both staff and incarcerated people, the report said.
“The data in this report fills a significant gap in our knowledge base, and shows the urgency of taking steps to reduce the risks of additional COVID deaths in Texas prisons and jails.”
Among some of the most staggering findings — 80% of people who died in jail from the virus were not convicted of a crime. And about 58% of people who died in prison from Covid-19 were eligible for parole.
The number of deaths reported is likely an undercount, the researchers said.
“Because of high levels of ‘churn’ in the jail population, it is possible that individuals contracted the virus in jail, were released, and then died on the outside,” the report noted. “Also, some jails may have intentionally released people at risk of dying so that the death would not be recorded as a jail death,” they added.
“Moreover, in both prisons and jails, some people died without ever having been tested for COVID, and some died from a pre-existing medical condition worsened by COVID. Those deaths are not counted as COVID deaths.”
CNN’s Joe Sutton and Maggie Fox contributed to this report.