Coronavirus cases in Texas top 300, five dead; May 26 primary now July 14

Published 2:13 pm Saturday, March 21, 2020

DALLAS (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Texas now tops 300. the Texas Department of State Health Services said Saturday.

The department reports 304 people have tested positive for the virus, up from about 200 on Friday while the number of deaths in the state remained at five.

The vast majority of people who contract the virus recover within weeks. It causes only mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but it can lead to more severe illness, including pneumonia, especially in older adults and people with preexisting health problems.

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Dallas County has the greatest number of Texas cases with 29, followed by Harris County with 25.

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. But some people, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, can suffer more severe illness.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday he postponed the May 26 primary runoff elections until July 14 because of the coronavirus threat.

In a statement, the governor’s office cited “the state’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19” as the reason for the delay. COVID-19 is the illness caused by the new coronavirus.

The statement said May 26 runoffs “would cause the congregation of large gatherings of people in confined spaces and cause numerous election workers to come into close proximity with others. This would threaten the health and safety of many Texans.”

Early voting for the runoffs will begin July 6.