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DALLAS, Texas — The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is reporting 974 COVID-19 cases statewide, with 12 COVID-19-related deaths, according to data released on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 11:30 a.m.

Yesterday, DSHS saw a sudden increase in reported cases due to the implementation of a new reporting process — a move aimed at accelerating the reporting process to the public.

On Monday, Texas reported 410 positive COVID-19 cases statewide and nine COVID-19-related deaths. Yesterday, with the new reporting system, those numbers jumped to 715 cases and 11 deaths in 65 of Texas' 254 counties. Today, those numbers increased to 974 cases and 12 deaths in 82 counties.

In total, DSHS says 13,235 tests have been administered and reported to DSHS — 1,758 in public labs and 11,477 in private labs.

"DSHS previously received its case information from official case reports provided by local jurisdictions and validated each case before adding it to the online count," DSHS stated in a press release yesterday. "That process allowed DSHS to confirm case details but led to slower reporting."

“We want to make sure the public and local leaders have the best possible information in one place as they make decisions about COVID-19,” stated DSHS Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt. “This new method allows us to share case counts faster.”

The DSHS reported numbers do not include people who were repatriated from China, or cruise ship passengers on U.S. government flight sto JBSA-Lackland in San Antonio, or numbers reported by local agencies reported after the daily case count update.

The new reporting system is expected to close the gap in descrepancies between local health officials and what is being reported by the state.

Dallas County, is a prime example of those descrancies being reported, with Dallas County Health and Human Services reporting 78 new cases on Wednesday, as of their 10 a.m. update, for a total of 247 confirmed cases and six related deaths. DSHS is only showing 169 of those cases.

Health experts say, that with limited testing capacity, lenghty reporting processes, and rampant evidence of community spread, the numbers of cases reported are a dramatic undercount of actual cases in Texas, the Statesmen reported.

The updated case counts are available in a new interactive map at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.

As of 11:30 a.m., on Monday March 25, 2020, the following case counts were released by DSHS:

Dallas County — 169

Harris County — 134

Travis County — 98

Tarrant County — 71

Bexar County — 69

Fort Bend County — 46

Collin County — 45

Denton County — 30

McLennan County — 23

Montgomery County —23

Galveston County — 21

Brazoria County — 19

Williamson County — 19

Bell County — 18

Brazos County — 16

Smith County — 14

Lubbock County — 12

El Paso County — 11

Nueces County — 10

Webb County — 8

Hays County — 7

Cameron County — 6

Ellis County — 6

Matagorda County — 6

Comal County — 5

Wichita County — 5

Guadalupe County — 4

Castro County — 3

Hockley County — 3

Jefferson County — 3

Johnson County — 3

Midland County — 3

Wharton County — 3

Atascosa County — 2

Brown County — 2

Deaf Smith County — 2

Eastland County — 2

Grayson County — 2

Grimes County — 2

Hardin County — 2

Hidalgo County — 2

Kaufman County — 2

Kendall County — 2

Milam County — 2

Potter County — 2

Austin County — 1

Bastrop County — 1

Blanco County — 1

Bowie County — 1

Burnet County — 1

Cass County — 1

Chambers County — 1

Coryell County — 1

Crane County — 1

De Witt County — 1

Erath County — 1

Falls County — 1

Fannin County — 1

Fayette County — 1

Gaines County — 1

Gregg County — 1

Hopkins County — 1

Hunt County — 1

Lamar County — 1

Lavaca County — 1

Liberty County — 1

Limestone County — 1

Llano County — 1

Maverick County — 1

Medina County — 1

Morris County — 1

Oldham County — 1

Orange County — 1

Parker County — 1

Robertson County — 1

Rusk County — 1

Terry County — 1

Tom Green County — 1

Upshur County — 1

Van Zandt County — 1

Walker County — 1

Wilson County — 1

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