Coronavirus live updates: Wednesday marks seventh straight day with 6,000 new cases

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Total coronavirus cases:

• 916,286 cases in Texas, including 18,092 deaths.

• 221,829 in the Houston region, including 3,726 deaths.

• More than 8.8 million in the U.S., including 227,673 deaths. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and the latest coronavirus case counts.

• More than 44.3 million in the world, with more than 1.1 million deaths. More than 29.9 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:

10:16 a.m. No doubt COVID-19 will be the subject of many films over the next few years.

“Love in Dangerous Times,” a low-budget indie from Houston director Jon Garcia, is likely one of the first of many in the pandemic genre. Shot in the spring and early summer in Portland, Ore., “Dangerous Times” taps into the sense of emotional dislocation and quiet panic many are feeling these days while simultaneously offering a pandemic twist on the traditional boy-meets-girl formula.

Find where you can stream the film here.

— Cary Darling

9:31 a.m. Houston First Corp., which is struggling through a precipitous drop in revenues from convention, hotel, theater rental and parking business this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, finally has something to celebrate.

Its community-wide marketing effort last year for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing was named the best campaign in the nation by the Public Relations Society of America, whose awards are called Silver Anvils.

Reacting to the Chronicle’s story, Houston First marketing director Carolyn Campbell wrote that it’s “truly an honor the entire city of Houston deserves to share. We think the award evokes a great memory of the ‘way we were’ before the pandemic, and it’s a reminder that because of our incredible spirit, great things are still in our city's future.”

— Molly Glentzer

9:15 a.m. The Houston area has lost the most construction jobs in the nation over the past year, according to federal data. Dallas gained the most.

When the Associated General Contractors of America surveyed its members, which work in commercial construction, one-third said they had already furloughed or terminated employees because of the novel coronavirus.

Read more on Houston's loss of construction jobs here.

— R.A. Schuetz

7:16 a.m. Texas' rolling average of new COVID-19 cases continued to surge Wednesday, breaking the 7,000-case mark for the first time since Aug. 21, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of state data.

The seven-day rolling average jumped to 7,198.3 with 7,873 newly reported cases. The statewide case total is now 916,286.

Wednesday also marked the seventh straight day with more than 6,000 new cases.

Another 104 newly reported deaths -- the highest increase over the last two weeks -- brings the statewide fatality count to 18,092.

The Houston region's case count is 221,829, up 1,107 from yesterday. Harris County added 915 cases and is at 160,532 cases total. There have been 3,726 deaths in the Houston region.

The positive test rate statewide is now at 9.94 percent, an increase from yesterday. The positive test rate has been generally trending up after hitting a plateau around 6.3 percent in late September.

Statewide, there were 5,650 patients hospitalized for lab-confirmed COVID-19, up from 5,512.

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