Coronavirus live updates: Texas surpasses 900,000 COVID cases

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Total coronavirus cases:

• 901,588 cases in Texas, including 17,901 deaths.

• 220,047 in the Houston region, including 3,709 deaths.

• More than 8.6 million in the U.S., including 225,239 deaths. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and the latest coronavirus case counts.

• More than 43.1 million in the world, with more than 1.1 million deaths. More than 29 million people have recovered. You can view the worldwide totals here.

Resources on COVID-19 and Texas' reopening: Use our interactive page to track the spread of cases through Harris County and the rest of Texas. For a detailed look at our state, check out the Chronicle's Texas Coronavirus Map. To get regular updates on our coverage, sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.

Latest updates from today:

9:15 a.m. Far fewer people are expected to attend the annual holiday fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in Houston this year, but the event may still give a much-needed boost to local retailers that have struggled to bring in customers during the pandemic, writes Amanda Drane.

The Holiday Shopping Card event allows shoppers to spend $75 — or more — on a shopping card that grants them 20 percent discounts at some 500 Houston-area stores and restaurants through Nov. 1. Shopping cards are available online or in-person at participating stores, and the full proceeds from the card sales go directly to the American Cancer Society, organizers said.

Despite lowering the event's fundraising goal, stores already saw an uptick in shoppers as the Holiday Shopping Card event began Thursday.

8:20 a.m. The COVID-19 pandemic has lowered electricity demand, a measure that is unlikely to return to normal levels even after the development of a coronavirus vaccine, reports James Osbourne.

As government lockdowns to contain the pandemic ease, electricity use in the United States will likely remain 1.6 to 4 percent lower than it was in 2018, according to a new report by scientists from Columbia University.

8 a.m. The statewide number of COVID-19 cases went from 892,240 on Saturday to 901,588 on Monday. That’s an increase of 9,348 cases over two days. The state added 73 newly reported deaths from Sunday's total, for a total of 17,904 statewide.

The state's rolling average for new cases is now at 6,446.9, the highest it has been since September 29.

The Houston region count is 220,047, up 1,355 from Saturday. Harris County added 893 cases since Saturday for a total of 159,272 cases. There have been 3,709 deaths in the Houston region, up 10 from Saturday.

The positive test rate statewide is now at 8.90%.

Statewide, there were 5,278 patients hospitalized for lab-confirmed COVID-19, up from 4,995 on Saturday.

- Stephanie Lamm

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