Initially, states like New York, Washington and New Jersey had the vast majority of the country’s COVID cases. Over the last few months, though, states in the Southwest have bore the brunt of the pandemic. This is especially true of Texas. The Lone Star state recorded 3,400 new cases yesterday with 135 deaths.
In total, Texas has seen 706,000 cases and 14,803 deaths. Still, Governor Greg Abbott thinks the state is moving in the right direction. On Thursday, Abbott announced plans to reopen businesses in most counties up to 75% capacity.
3 regions in the state, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Victoria, will not be opening due to high hospitalization rates. Bars will also remain closed for the time being.
Abbott said that the reopening will include, “all retail stores, all restaurants, all office buildings, all manufacturing, all museums and libraries and all gyms.”
Greg Abbott's "herd immunity" pandemic strategy will cost many more Texans their lives. It's been clear from the start that human collateral damage is acceptable to Abbott if it means keeping Trump and his big-money donors happy.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) September 17, 2020
The Governor continued:
“Since late July, the spread of Covid-19 has steadily and significantly declined. The number of new cases and new hospitalizations have been cut by more than two-thirds. Just yesterday we had the lowest number of hospitalizations in the past three months.”
Abbott did end his press conference with a word of caution for the state’s residents. “Covid does still exist and most Texans remain susceptible. If we fully reopen Texas without limits, without safe practices, it can lead to an unsustainable increase in Covid that would require the possibility of being forced to ratchet back down.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.