Infections are going thru the roof in several counties in the state…
Those people think wearing a mask is stupid…
The early states with heavy infections and deaths clamped down and now have very little virus infections …
They also have mandated mask wearing…
This is NOT a second ‘wave’ situation….
This the states that followed President Trump’s actions in slighting the virus seeing the virus continuing to grow….
Trump continues to act like the thing exists , which is putting those around him in daily increased infectious situations…
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Thursday the state will pause its efforts to reopen the economy as the number of confirmed coronavirus infections spikes and hospitals begin to fill.
Abbott has been warning of a mounting catastrophe for days, as new cases rise precipitously in Houston, the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and in cities like Austin, San Antonio and El Paso.
Abbott said businesses that are already allowed to operate under the current reopening phase will continue to be able to do so.
“As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” Abbott said in a statement. “The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business.”
Experts have watched with growing alarm as the number of confirmed cases in Texas rise past 125,000. The state is dealing with an estimated 50,000 active cases, one of the highest numbers in the nation.
Texas has added more than 5,000 new cases on each of the last two days, and the number of overall cases has doubled since the end of May.
In Houston, hospitals are rapidly filling with new COVID-19 patients. Several major medical centers are already shipping patients to other facilities to create more space in intensive care units; Lyndon Baines Johnson Hospital said its ICU was over capacity, and the massive Texas Medical Center is operating at 97 percent capacity, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D) told reporters Wednesday.
Abbott ordered a halt to elective surgeries in Texas hospitals on Wednesday, a move intended to free up bed space.
On Thursday, he urged Texans to wear a mask in public, though he did not issue an order requiring masks as governors in some other states have done….
On the other hand, there are signs of hope in some of the earliest epicenters of the outbreak. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Thursday that his state was treating fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, the first time since mid-March that the number of hospitalized cases had dipped below 1,000.Hospitalizations are declining in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, as well.
“We’re not talking about a second wave right now, we’re still in the first wave. And that first wave is taking different shapes,” [ CDC Director Robert] Redfield said….
Some People ARE stupid…..
Florida’s Palm Beach County made face masks mandatory this week amid a surge in coronavirus cases — prompting a furious response from residents, including one who rebuked county commissioners for “practicing the devil’s law.”
The board approved the order, which is in effect indefinitely, with a unanimous vote on Tuesday, WPEC reported.
Several people lashed out during the public comment session of the meeting.
“They want to throw God’s wonderful breathing system out the door,” said one woman, only identified by her first name, Sylvia, according to the report.
Another woman named Whitney, who identified herself as an essential worker, bizarrely explained that she doesn’t wear a mask for the same reason she doesn’t wear underwear, the outlet reported.
“Things gotta breathe,” she said….