Texas Governor Greg Abbott broadcasts the US Military Corps of Engineers and the state are placing up a 250-bed area hospital on the Kay Bailey Hutchison Conference Heart in downtown Dallas throughout a press convention on the Texas State Capitol March 29, 2020 in Austin, Texas.Tom Fox | Getty ImagesTexas is permitting extra companies, together with retail shops, gyms and eating places, to push ahead with reopening plans after a surge in coronavirus instances and hospitalizations over the summer season has began to say no. Abbott mentioned the state has been divided into 22 areas the place officers will monitor hospital capability and virus instances. In 19 of the 22 areas the place Covid-19 sufferers at the moment are lower than 15% of all hospitalizations, extra companies which were allowed to reopen at 50% capability will probably be permitted to extend to 75% capability starting Monday, Abbott mentioned.That features “all retail shops, all eating places, all workplace buildings, all manufacturing, all museums and libraries and all gyms,” he mentioned. Efficient instantly, hospitals in these areas are allowed to renew elective procedures. Nursing houses and different long-term care amenities will probably be allowed to reopen for visitations starting Sept. 24 so long as they do not have a coronavirus outbreak, he mentioned. “Since late July, the unfold of Covid-19 has steadily and considerably declined. The variety of new instances and new hospitalizations have been minimize by greater than two-thirds. Simply yesterday we had the bottom variety of hospitalizations previously three months,” Abbott mentioned.The three areas not allowed to maneuver ahead with their reopenings — the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Victoria — are situated within the southern a part of the state. Bars will stay closed for all areas as officers attempt to discover methods to reopen them whereas making certain the coronavirus transmission could be contained, Abbott mentioned. Thursday’s announcement marks the primary time the governor has cast forward with reopening companies since permitting a lot of them, together with bars, to reopen at restricted capability in May. Nevertheless, instances in Texas started to surge after Memorial Day weekend and by late June, Abbott was compelled to shut the state’s bars and cut back capability at eating places, which he mentioned had been driving the instances. On July 2, Abbott ordered residents statewide to put on face coverings in public areas, with some exceptions, and granted native mayors and county judges the authority to impose restrictions on some outside gatherings of greater than 10 folks. Abbott mentioned Thursday that Texans “should proceed the secure practices that slowed the unfold this summer season,” together with social distancing and masks carrying. “Covid does nonetheless exist and most Texans stay inclined,” Abbott mentioned throughout a information convention. “If we totally reopen Texas with out limits, with out secure practices, it will possibly result in an unsustainable enhance in Covid that might require the potential for being compelled to ratchet again down.”As of Wednesday, Texas had reported 4,186 each day new instances, based mostly on a seven-day transferring common — a greater than 14% enhance in contrast with the week prior, in line with a CNBC evaluation of Johns Hopkins College information.On the peak of the state’s outbreak in July, Texas was reporting a seven-day common excessive of greater than 10,500 new instances daily. Texas ranks second amongst U.S. states in whole reported Covid-19 instances at 696,800, following California, in line with Johns Hopkins.