Texas has reported its biggest daily increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday — 8,258.
Much of Texas began mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Gov. Greg Abbott. The mask order carries a $250 fine.
The order is the most dramatic about-face that Abbott has made as he retreats from what stood out as one of America’s swiftest reopenings.
Texas health officials on Saturday said the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is now at 191,790. State health officials also reported 33 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. That brings Texas’ total to 2,608 deaths.
Hospitalizations, which also continue to climb, stood at 7,890 on Saturday, an increase of 238 from Friday.