Virus Outbreak Texas

A woman is taken on a stretcher by healthcare professionals into the United Memorial Medical Center after going through testing for COVID-19 Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Houston. People were lined up in their cars in a line that stretched over two miles to be tested in the drive-thru testing for coronavirus. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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.

Dallas County has the greatest number of Texas cases with 29, followed by Harris County with 25. However, Dallas County reports there are 95 cases. 

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.

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