Texas has set a single-day record of new cases of COVID-19, confirming 10,028 additional cases Tuesday.
Only Florida and New York have reported more than 10,000 cases in a single day.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services also says the state passed nine thousand total people in the hospital for the first time. Through Tuesday, hospitals had 9,286 COVID-19 patients, up from 6,904 at the beginning of July and 1,756 June 1.
"Today, Texas set an all-time record in the number of people testing positive, an all-time record in the number of people who are hospitalized and an all-time record in the number of deaths," says Governor Greg Abbott. "COVID-19 is spreading more dangerously and more rapidly across the state of Texas than it ever has."
Abbott says those numbers highlight the need to stay home unless necessary and wear a mask. He says he has received what appeared to be a "form letter" from several mayors and county judges asking for the authority to issue local orders with additional restrictions. He says those locations should instead focus on enforcing existing requirements, saying he has seen stories about bars opening or restaurants opening beyond 50 percent capacity.
"We need better, stronger enforcement," Abbott says. "If the current rules are followed and applied, we will not have to shut Texas back down."
Hospitals in North Texas reported 2,715 available hospital beds Tuesday, 320 open ICU beds and 1,213 available ventilators. July 1, they reported about 3,200 available beds, 455 open ICU beds and about 1,300 available ventilators.
"Many of our workforce, what I call heroes, have been working the last three and a half months to deal with COVID-19," says DFW Hospital Council President Stephen Love. "They can get fatigued. That's why we're just asking everyone: do your part."