Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for Sept. 29

Cases in the Houston region increased by nearly 700 from Sunday to Monday, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis.

Cases increased by 686 to 196,366 cases total across the Houston region. In Harris County alone, cases increased by 345 to 141,707, according to the newspaper.

Deaths in the Houston region remained flat, staying at 3,428 total. The positivity rate here fell to 5.9 percent.

Across the state, cases increased by 2,966 to 764,837 cases. There were 21 new deaths reported statewide, bringing Texas’ death toll to 15,784.

In other news, the Minnesota Vikings—who are slated to play the Texans in Houston this weekend—had their practice facilities shut down after players and staffers with the Tennessee Titans tested positive for the virus, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson. The Vikings played the Titans this past weekend.

The Texans have had players tested, but all tests came back negative, Wilson reported.

How the shut down will affect’s this weekend’s game is yet to be seen.

NOTE: The numbers included in this report represent a one-day change in data from Sunday, Sept. 27 through Monday, Sept. 28. It is still unclear how many of the state’s new cases can be attributed to jail inmates from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The Houston Chronicle’s analysis of COVID-19 case data now includes probable and pending cases. This change is based on interviews with multiple public health officials and epidemiologists, as well as in line with CDC guidelines on reporting. DSHS is now using death certificate data for its counts of COVID deaths, leading some Texas counties to have dramatically higher counts than others and some counties to have higher numbers than state figures.

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