The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 8,258 new cases of Covid-19 in Texas on Saturday — the state's second-highest number of new cases reported in a single day.
Of the new cases reported Saturday, about 1,200 were in Harris County, which includes Houston. Dallas County had 1,085 new cases, according to DSHS.
The highest daily total was set on Wednesday, when the state reported 9,308 cases.
The following day, Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order mandating face covering in public for counties that have 20 or more positive Covid-19 cases.
"Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19," Abbott said in a statement. "We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another — and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces."