The Texas death toll from COVID-19 has now surpassed 40-thousand. The milestone was passed on Friday when the state reported that 324 more people in Texas succumbed to the coronavirus-caused disease. And the Texas Deprtment of Health Services says about half of the patients died in just the last three months. Here in the Valley, COVID-19 has killed 4-thousand-286 residents – more than half of the patients being from Hidalgo County which continues to have the fourth highest death toll in the state. Meanwhile, the number of Texans that have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus is at 3-point-8 percent. State health officials say an average of 128-thousand-786 doses of a vaccine was administered each day last week.