Texas has reported more than 5,300 new cases of the Texas coronavirus and nearly 1,000 new cases in neighboring Louisiana, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.
At least 600 new Texas cases were reported Friday, including two deaths.
In New Orleans, a person with the coronaviruses EV-D68 and EV-17 was admitted Friday to a hospital and is in critical condition.
The Texas case count includes people who have traveled to the state from seven other states: Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
The virus, which was first reported in Texas in December, has been detected in more than 400 people, according to a CDC news release.
In addition to the two deaths, nine people in New Orleans have tested positive for the virus, including five children.
The most recent case in Texas was confirmed on Friday in Dallas, and a person in Austin died on Thursday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a news release Friday.
The state has a limited number of free vaccine clinics and is trying to get more to the area, but they are not equipped to distribute the vaccine, said David McKeown, the state’s director of public health.
He said the state is providing more than 300,000 doses of the vaccine.
The outbreak has sickened nearly 50,000 people, mostly adults and children, according the Centers For Disease Control.
The virus has killed more than 8,500 people, including more than 700 in Texas, according CDC data.