Texas Halts Re-Opening As US COVID-19 Cases Soar

Texas Halts Re-Opening As US COVID-19 Cases Soar

Texas Halts Re-Opening As US COVID-19 Cases Soar

Under this order, the Governor directs all hospitals in these counties to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient's physician. Florida on Friday announced a startling 8,942 new COVID-19 cases.

The number of new coronavirus infections is approaching record daily levels in the USA, with more than 35,900 cases recorded in the past 24 hours, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Arizona reported new cases near daily records, at 3,056.

Texas was among the first states to begin the process of reopening, and many businesses are in operation once again. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Hospitals and care facilities would then employ their surge plans to build out additional capacity. "As we have seen an increase in the number of people testing positive and hospitalizations, we've see various different reasons why". The state is in Phase 3, which let restaurants to increase to 75% capacity; and most businesses, to 50% capacity.

The US state of Texas has reported nearly 6,000 new COVID-19 cases, setting a new record for confirmed infections in a 24 hour period for the third time this week. The percentage of tests resulting positive in Texas reached 12.7 earlier this week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

However, the state will continue to enforce health safety protocols.

"At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars", the Republican governor said in a statement.

The governor repeatedly urged people to follow the state guidelines to slow down the spread of the pandemic.

Abbott this week has taken a newly urgent tone about the worsening trends and is now telling the public they should stay home.

"What's going on in this country is now frightening and revealing at the same time", Cuomo said. He later rescinded the order during an aggressive reopening of the state in May that lifted lockdown orders ahead of most of the U.S. Before coming to Dallas, he worked as a reporter and editor at the Oklahoman in Oklahoma City.

According to ABC13, Abbott's decision came "less than an hour after Abbott said hospitals in Harris, Travis, Bexar and Dallas counties must stop elective surgeries in order to save bed capacity for COVID-19 patients".

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