They say everything is bigger in Texas… even the number of COVID-19 cases. And that’s a problem.
With record numbers of new cases and ICUs filling up in major cities like Houston, Texas Governor Greg Abbott decided to temporarily halt the state’s phased economic reopening in response.
“This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business.”
The state reported more than 5,000 new cases each day for three days in a row, reaching successive records for COVID-19 hospitalizations for 13 consecutive days. Those aren’t good records to achieve.
The proportion of Texans testing positive for the virus has risen to 10%, one of the few states in the country with a double-digit positivity rate, which put them in the sights of the governors from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The tri-state governments have declared travelers from states with high infection rates such as Texas to be persona non grata, and now requires them to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Businesses that have already opened in Texas can still operate, but there won’t be new openings anytime soon. Also, some county officials, such as in Harris County which includes Houston, have gone back to mandatory masks for both employees and customers.