It Doesn’t Look Good in Texas
The state is in a rough spot
Cases of Covid-19 are rising in several states across the country this week, and the situation is looking especially concerning in Texas. As the Texas Tribune reports, Travis County and Austin-area cases spiked over the weekend, rising to 6,210 on Monday, compared to about 4,991 reported on Friday.
“To state the obvious, Covid-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas, and it must be corralled,” Gov. Greg Abbott said during a news conference on Monday. Even so, Abbott said that any secondary lockdowns will happen only as a last resort.
Of concern is the high number of young people who are dealing with severe illness. The Tribune reports that people under age 50 are making up 50% of the people hospitalized in Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals and 30% of the people in critical care.
The Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston has now opened up its intensive care unit and acute care beds to adults who are suffering from the virus. The city is experiencing a record number of new daily cases, averaging more than 200 a day, ABC News reports.
Across the state, there were increases in hospitalizations after holiday weekends, and there’s concern about a possible surge after the Fourth of July weekend. Despite these risks, Talking Points Memo reports that the federal government may be ending funding and support for local Covid-19 testing sites around the United States, including in Texas.
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