What you need to know for Oct. 2

COVID-19 cases in the Houston region increased by more than 1,000 between Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Authorities added 1,083 cases to the Houston region rolls, bringing the total here to 198,933. In Harris County alone, cases increased by 849, totaling 143,530 people who have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic.

Deaths in the Houston region increase by 14 to 3,470. The Houston region’s positivity rate went relatively unchanged, sitting at 6.45 percent.

Statewide, cases increased by 3,704 to 778,181. Deaths increased by 113 to 16,102 across Texas.

In other headlines, President Donald Trump tweeted that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus hours after Hope Hicks tested positive, according to Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller of the Associated Press. Hicks is one of Trump’s closest and longest-serving aides.

Several Texas politicians sent support for the president, while others offered tongue-in-cheek commentary.

Read more reactions from the Houston Chronicle’s Benjamin Wermund here.

NOTE: The numbers included in this report represent a one-day change in data from Wednesday, Sept. 30 through Thursday, Oct. 1. 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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