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COVID spike in Texas

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Harris county judge Lina Hidalgo

June 22, 2020

Texas could become next ground-zero for COVID-19 

     Tarrant County reported a nearly 20% single-day increase in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday. North Texas hit a new high for hospitalizations, reporting more than 1,000 people in hospitals across the region for the first time, according to officials. 

The rise in cases in Texas over the past 13 days has been exponential.  

- June 10 was the first time Texas reported more than 2,000 new cases in a single day. 

- June 17 was the first time the state had more than 3,000 cases.

- June 20 the state reported more than 4,000 cases for the first time.


Late Monday, the largest pediatric hospital in the U.S. announced it was taking adult patients to free up bed space in Houston. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told lawmakers in Washington on Tuesday that β€œthe next couple weeks are going to be critical” in Texas and other states that are trying to curtail an alarming spike in new cases.


Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said if the spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue, the city of Houston could become the worst impacted city in the U.S., per KTRK's Mayra Moreno.

During a briefing on Monday, Mayor Sylvester Turner reported 1,789 new COVID-19 cases, adding to Houston's total of 14,322. Monday's total is the most the city has reported in one day so far.

"We are potentially facing a very serious public health threat," Hotez said. He began noticing the numbers going up after the Memorial Day holiday, noting "continuing down this path could mean Houston will then see what happened in New York. Where there is a big surge and it becomes difficult to manage patients and that's where the death rate goes up."

He said he's most concerned with low-income neighborhoods where he said there may be more crowds and people with comorbidities and hopes people take the message and proceed with caution. "We will get a better sense if this is trending over the next few days. We are potentially facing a very serious public health threat. This is why Houston could become the city worst affected by COVID-19."

During a briefing on Monday, Mayor Sylvester Turner reported 1,789 new COVID-19 cases, adding to Houston's total of 14,322. Monday's total is the most the city has reported in one day so far. "I have never reported these type of numbers," Turner said.

The message comes hours after Gov. Greg Abbott said COVID-19 is "spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas" after an alarming spike in cases across the state.

"Hospitalizations for COVID-19 average just over 1,600 a day in the latter part of May," explained the governor. "In the last four or five days, hospitalizations have averaged more than 3,200 a day. To state the obvious, COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas, and it must be corralled."

Abbott did say there is now more testing being conducted in hot spots across the state and were working with hospitals to make sure anyone with COVID-19 receives the proper treatment.

"Closing down Texas again will always be the last option," said Abbott.

Abbott, as well as the majority of local officials, continue to push for Texans to stay at home, wash their hands, wear a mask, and practice safe social distancing.


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Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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Attributes: AASNSports; AP; KTRK


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