This Governor Just Vowed to Never Lock Down His State
West Texas hospitals are "bursting at the seams." Single day cases just hit a new record. Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are rising at an alarming rate, and Texas, unfortunately, has been here before. "The Department of State Health Services reported 12,293 new cases, a single-day record that eclipsed the earlier record of 10,823, set Tuesday. The previous record, 10,791, was set on July 15 as the second wave of COVID-19 infections in the state peaked," according to Dallas News. However, Gov. Greg Abbott has a message in response: "It is important for everybody in the state to know that, statewide, we're not going to have another shutdown," he said at a press conference. "There's an overestimation of exactly what a shutdown will achieve." For more about what his state needs to do to contain the virus, read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Abbott Says "Remember the" Fundamentals
Abbott issued a stay-at-home order in April but plans nothing like that going forward. "There are now known severe medical consequences to that — emotional, mental-type consequences to it — as well as the devastating financial consequences."
Instead of issuing restrictions, Abbott told his citizens to "remember the habits that got us through the spike of COVID-19 cases in July." Nim Kidd, the head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, said the upcoming vaccine or any therapeutics are "not an excuse" to not do these fundamentals. As outlined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, the most important measure you can take are:
- Universal wearing of masks.
- Maintaining physical distance.
- Avoiding congregate settings or crowds.
- Doing more outdoors, as opposed to indoors.
- Washing hands frequently.
"We've been there before, we can do it again," Abbott said. He's right, they have been here before: In July, the state was averaging more than 5,000 cases a day. Back then, Abbott warned: "To state the obvious, COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas, and it must be corralled."
His Opposition is Displeased
Some Democratic leaders criticized the governor, a Republican, for his stance. "It didn't have to be this way. The governor's decision to wield absolute power in response to this crisis has failed," said state Rep. Chris Turner, the Democratic leader in the Texas House. "The governor should get out of the way and let local leaders take measures to protect their communities." As for yourself, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.