DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott visited Dallas on Sunday and addressed a surge of COVID-19 instances within the state since reopening efforts started in May.
“COVID-19 has taken a very swift and very dangerous turn in Texas over just the past few weeks,” stated Abbott.
On Friday, Abbott issued an order that shut down bars for the second time throughout the pandemic. Eating places had been additionally ordered to return to a 50% restricted capability, down from 75%. This was additionally a day after Texas reported a record-high of 5,996 confirmed instances.
Abbott additionally banned elective surgical procedures within the state’s largest counties of Dallas, Harris, Travis and Bexar.
Dallas County reported record-highs for 3 straight days with 496 on Friday, 561 on Saturday and 570 on Sunday.
With the brand new orders, Abbott stated additional reopening efforts can be paused. Pence praised Abbott for his choices each to reopen the state, then to roll again the reopening plans.
“You flattened the curve here in Texas … but about two weeks ago something changed” and the variety of optimistic confirmed instances have risen from about 2,000 instances a day to greater than 5,000 a day. “With the development of these new cases, we’re grateful, Governor, you’ve taken the steps you’ve taken,” Pence stated.
Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White Home’s coronavirus job power, visited Dallas with the vice chairman and likewise praised Abbott’s resolution to shut bars on Friday. In late April, she stated she spoke to the governor in regards to the reopening plan and instructed him it was protected.
Pence inspired the sporting of face coverings in an effort to gradual the unfold of the virus.
“Wear a mask, where ever it’s indicated or where ever you’re not able to practice the kind of social distancing that would prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” stated Pence, who together with Abbott wore face masks as they entered and left the room, taking them off whereas chatting with reporters.
Pence was additionally requested about federal funding being prolonged for neighborhood primarily based testing websites in Texas. The funding, which had been set to finish on June 30, was prolonged for 2 weeks, however the vice chairman stated will probably be prolonged for so long as the state needs.
Two of these websites are in Dallas on the American Airways Heart and the Ellis Davis Area Home and are in a position to present a whole bunch of checks per day.
For most individuals, the brand new coronavirus causes delicate or average signs, similar to fever and cough that clear up in two to a few weeks. For some, particularly older adults and other people with current well being issues, it might probably trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia and demise.
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