Texas becomes first state to surpass 1 million cases

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(EL PASO, Texas) — The state of Texas is the state that has been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, officially crossing over a million confirmed cases on Wednesday.  

As of Wednesday, the state has reported 1,010,364 positive cases and 19,300 deaths.

Mobile morgues have been set up in El Paso, Texas — which is grappling with a surge of new cases and deaths daily.  10 refrigerated trucks have since been ordered to hold bodies.   Hospitals are already at capacity, which has left El Paso scrambling.

COVID-19 cases are surging across the nation. 136,325 news cases were reported Tuesday in the U.S., marking a new single day record — the previous set on November 9 — according to Johns Hopkins University.

Hospitals are filling up in Minnesota, with the seven-day average of new hospitalizations in the state rising 142 percent over the previous month.  

Governor Tim Walz reports that, as of Wednesday, 92 percent of the state’s ICU beds are occupied.

In New Hampshire, rural areas are seeing the brunt of the pandemic.  

One out of 27 residents in Clarksville, a small rural town, have COVID-19.

Governor Chris Sununu said in a statement, “The situation here in New Hampshire remains very serious, the data shows that community transmission is increasing, and we expect cases to rise.”

THe U.S. has reported nearly 10.4 million COVID-19 cases, says Johns Hopkins University.  The nation’s death toll climbed to nearly 241,000 as of Wednesday. 

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