This State Just Had Third Record Day of COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Don't be fooled into thinking you're 100% safe from COVID-19 just because your city is reopening. For proof, just look, as experts are with caution, at Texas. The state was among the first in the nation to relax statewide self-isolation orders, which expired on April 30, and on June 3rd, Gov. Greg Abbott allowed the state to open other activities and businesses. Today it was reported that Texas just had its third straight day of record coronavirus hospitalizations.
"Data released Wednesday by the Texas Department of State Health Services shows 2,153 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 2,056 the day before, and 1,935 Monday," reports the Texas Tribune. "Before the last few days, the previous high was May 5, when 1,888 people were hospitalized."
Why Hospitalizations Are Rising
"The state has been relatively aggressive about reopening, lifting its stay-at-home order on May 1 and gradually increasing capacity at shops, bars and restaurants since then," reports The Hill.
"In terms of new infections, we are seeing a surge … in part attributed to activities surrounding Memorial Day weekend, such as gatherings where protective behaviors may have been lax," Rebecca Fischer, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health, told the Tribune.
"A spokesman for Abbott's office, John Wittman, said Wednesday that 'every Texan who needs access to a hospital bed will have access to a hospital bed,'" reported the paper.
For his part, the governor told the local CBS news station: "I'm concerned but not yet alarmed. I look at Amarillo that was a hot spot zone a couple of weeks ago, where they had a lot of concerns. We had surge response teams that addressed it, and now their hospitalizations are going down."
Experts are keeping their eyes Texas because hospitalizations are considered a canary in the coal mine—a measure of the severity of COVID-19, and they act as an alarm for states that have yet to reopen quite as wide. "Rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Texas are underscoring fears about the danger of reopening," reports The Hill.
No End in Sight
Texas is not alone in seeing a rise in hospitalizations. These 9 states are seeing a huge rise in coronavirus hospitalizations, including Arizona and the Carolinas.
Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, this week called the virus a "nightmare." "This took about a month to go around the world," he said. "When is it going to end? We're still at the beginning of it."
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