Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 6,144 new COVID cases and 11 deaths from December 24-26, an average of more than 2,000 cases per day.
COVID-19 is stretching the state’s already thin reserves of substitute teachers, the Dallas Morning News reports. North Texas districts have seen the rate at which substitute jobs are filled take a major hit, as demand for subs has gone up while supply has been reduced.
While hospitalization rates are climbing along with new COVID-19 case numbers, Governor Greg Abbott was vaccinated last week on live television. AP has more.
Texas is nearing its record high for hospitalizations, which occurred in July. The state is nearing 1.5 million total COVID-19 cases, the Texas Tribune reports.