A steady decline in new cases stalled this week across the United States, and cases actually increased slightly in Texas, the second-most-populous state. More than 6,000 people were hospitalized with covid-19 in Texas on Tuesday. More than 1,700 of those patients were in intensive care units.
On Tuesday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) also lifted his state’s mask mandate, saying that hospitalizations in the state have “plummeted” and that cases have declined dramatically.