Texas surged past 20,000 COVID-19 fatalities Monday, giving it the second-highest death toll in the nation, data shows.
The Lone Star state only lags behind New York for the death count as cases continue to climb throughout the nation, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
With 69.7 deaths per 100,000 people, the state is the 22nd-highest per capita in the nation, data shows.
The grim milestone comes after Texas became the first state last week to exceed more than 1 million confirmed cases.
Experts, however, note that the actual count is likely higher because many people can be infected without experiencing symptoms — and might not seek out a test.
The state, like the rest of the country, has grappled with recent surges during the second wave of the virus.
Over the past two weeks, the average number of daily new cases has climbed by 3,430.4, a jump of 53.6%, data shows. In the past week