June 22, 2020      5:01 PM
Warning of another shutdown as a last resort, Gov. Abbott says current measures are still enough to turn back COVID-19 spike
Abbott is trying to thread the political needle easing up on allowing local officials to mandate face coverings; Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick meanwhile spoke at a Tea Party in the Houston area this weekend with no masks or facial coverings seen in photos that he promoted
Three key indicators to
track COVID-19 have doubled between the end of May and the last
five days, but Gov. Greg Abbott continues to double-down on safety
protocols rather than backing off the state’s reopening plan.
Reopening Texas cities and
businesses have brought spikes in COVID-19 cases. Twice as many people – 1,600
to 3,500 – are being diagnosed on a daily basis. The
percentage of those testing positive has jumped from 4.5 percent to 9 percent.
And the number of hospitalizations has jumped from 1,600 to 3,200.
COVID-19 is spreading at
an unacceptable rate in Texas, Abbott said this afternoon. It must be stopped
from further increases.
By Kimberly Reeves