Texas’ COVID-19 pandemic death toll edges closer to 50,000

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HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 14: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A medical staff member Tiffany Price adjusts a ventilator circuit on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center on December 14, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of people with COVID-19 who have died in Texas is edging close to 50,000, the third-highest death toll in the nation. Johns Hopkins University researchers said Tuesday that 48,140 people with COVID-19 have died in Texas since the pandemic began. Texas has the nation’s 23rd highest per-capita death rate. State health officials on Tuesday reported 109 new deaths, along with almost 4,000 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases. Texas on Monday opened COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults.

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