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Coronavirus live updates: Texas jobless claims fall again, Herman Cain dies of COVID

The Houston Chronicle’s Live Updates blog documents the latest events in the coronavirus outbreak in the Houston area, the state of Texas and across the U.S. with a focus on health and economic impacts.

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Total coronavirus cases:

• 415,870 cases in Texas, including 6,376 deaths.

• 98,565 in the Houston region, including 1,570 deaths.

• More than 4.4 million in the U.S., including 150,716 deaths. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and the latest coronavirus case counts.

• More than 17 million in the world, with more than 667,000 deaths. More than 9.9 million people have recovered. You can view the worldwide totals here.

Resources on COVID-19 and Texas’ reopening: Use our interactive page to track the spread of cases through Harris County and the rest of Texas. For a detailed look at our state, check out the Chronicle’s Texas Coronavirus Map. To get regular updates on our coverage, sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.

Latest updates from today:

10:38 a.m.: One of the hottest new real estate trends, thanks to coronavirus? Industrial space for online operations is in demand, especially refrigerated space for grocery delivery services.

10:24: a.m.: Stay-at-home mandates and conflicts over mask wearing at stores have people wary about going out and shopping. The reluctance is showing up on the balance sheets of real estate companies that cater to retailers.

Weingarten Realty, the Houston-based owner of grocery-anchored shopping centers, reported profits plunged 84 percent during  the second quarter.

10:15 a.m.: Coronavirus has claimed another victim: Herman Cain, the former presidential candidate and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

10:08 a.m.: New claims for Texas unemployment benefits fell again last week as jobless claims come down from a mid-summer spike driven by a surge in COVID-19 cases.

10:03 a.m.: Texas courts are expecting an influx of divorced parents disagreeing over education methods as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.

9:15 a.m.: Front line health care workers describe the physical and emotional toll of caring for patients with coronavirus as the pandemic enters its fifth month.

9:02 a.m.: It’s a record setter but not one of the good kinds. The U.S. economy shrank 32.9 percent on an annualized basis during the second quarter, reflecting the high rate of unemployment, closed businesses and millions of people who are staying home and not spending much money.

8:39 a.m.: The Texas economy is struggling to make its way back after the latest surge of Covid-19 cases. A new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas found the service sector — which makes up about 70 percent of the Texas economy — shrank in July after growing a bit in June.

8:12 a.m.: Gyms can be a danger zone these days. Just breathing harder increases the chance for aerosolization, in which the coronavirus is converted into particles light enough to be carried in the air. Add in the grunting and sweating and the virus can easily travel from person to person. A Conroe man explains to the Chronicle’s Julie Garcia why he opted to stop going for gym workouts after seeing too many patrons exercising without wearing masks and all crowded together without regard to social distancing.


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