Texas passes 500K cases; infection rate soars to new high

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Teachers gather outside a Judson Independent School District board meeting as they prepare to protest for safe openings of schools during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Live Oak, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has surpassed 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott suggests family and neighborhood gatherings are behind a sharp rise in the rate of positive tests.

Abbott also continued to say Tuesday that more testing in Texas is likely after dropping off in recent weeks, a trend seen across the U.S. even as deaths mount.

Texas has reported more than 1,400 new deaths over the past week, including 220 on Tuesday. 

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