Austin, Texas — Texas is seeing another surge of COVID-19 cases. Texas already reached more than one million COVID-19 cases since the state began recording data. This week, Texas reached another grim milestone with more than 20,000 recorded deaths due to the virus.
Some areas, like El Paso, are being hit extra hard as they grapple with hospital and morgue capacity. Meanwhile, Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are blocking local leaders from implementing health and safety policies that would protect Texans’ lives. In fact, Abbott knew very well that when he allowed businesses to reopen we would have more infections and more deaths, as he told Texas lawmakers back in May.
The situation in El Paso, like many Hispanic-majority Texas cities, is so grim that jail inmates are being used to staff makeshift morgues and hospitals may soon be left with the unimaginable decision of who gets treatment and who is left to die as the health care system is beyond capacity. Abbott’s administration has sued El Paso County to keep all businesses open even while denying help from the Texas National Guard.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement:
“Texans deserve a governor and an attorney general who care about our lives at least enough to do their jobs and work with local officials to stop the spread of the coronavirus. We are looking forward to the moment when President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take office so we can finally get a national plan, real leadership, and direction on mitigating this pandemic. A plan where the lives and livelihoods of people come first above all else.”