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Texas Governor Says 'No Reason Today To Be Alarmed' As Coronavirus Cases Set Record

Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas hospitals have "abundant" capacity. Mayors from the state's largest cities asked Abbott for the authority to require face masks amid the spike in COVID-19 cases.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday the state's highest-ever number of new COVID-19 cases: 2,622.

He also reported a second record high: 2,518 people hospitalized with the virus in Texas, up from 2,326 a day earlier.

Despite the concerning uptick in people sick with the virus, Abbott said that the reason for his news conference was to let Texans know about the "abundant" hospital capacity for treating people with COVID-19. He and other officials spent much of the briefing touting the state's hospital bed availability.

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