Amid spiking COVID-19 cases in Texas, Navy was deployed

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday announced the U.S. Navy has been deployed to assist in combatting COVID-19 after the state reported more than 10,000 cases for five consecutive days.

Abbott said the U.S. Department of Defense has sent five U.S. Navy teams, consisting of medical and support professionals, to support hospitals in Harlingen, Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Rio Grande City.

“The support from our federal partners is crucial in our work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities throughout Texas,” Abbott said. “I am grateful for this ongoing partnership with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy and the State of Texas will continue to utilize every resource available to protect public health and keep Texans in every community safe.”

Texas reported 7,300 new COVID-19 cases Sunday afternoon after reporting more than 10,000 cases for five consecutive days. With 325,030 infections, Texas had the fourth-highest number of cases nationwide.

Texas also reported 93 deaths on Sunday after tallying 130 on Saturday for the 10th highest death toll in the nation at 3,958.

The United States leads the world with a total of 3,768,056 cases and 140,500 deaths, according to figures by Johns Hopkins University.

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