Austin, Texas — Last week, a scathing report issued by the White House Coronavirus Task Force called on the state of Texas and Governor Greg Abbott to significantly do more to slow the spread of COVID-19, which is now in full resurgence.
On Monday, state health officials reported more than 8,900 COVID-19 hospitalizations, the most since the summer surge of the virus.
“A report issued by the task force before the Thanksgiving holiday calls for Texas to significantly reduce maximum occupancy for public and private indoor spaces and to conduct weekly coronavirus testing of teachers, college students, county workers, hospital personnel and others.”
- “Texas continues to be in a full resurgence and mitigation efforts must intensify,” the Nov. 22 report says. “The silent community spread that precedes and continues to drive these surges can only be identified and interrupted through proactive, focused testing.”
- “Three days before the report was issued, Abbott was assuring the public that local officials had been provided with all the tools they need to slow outbreaks, including a requirement that Texans wear masks indoors in public places and when patronizing businesses. But Abbott has declined to go further”
- “Texas is among those areas, with the report noting the state is in the “red zone,” meaning over 10 percent of coronavirus test results are positive. Texas ranked as the 21st-highest positivity rate in the nation. The report also noted new hospital admissions are surging at “unsustainable levels and statewide mitigation must increase” and warned of dwindling supplies of masks, gowns and other protective gear in some hospitals.”
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Governor Abbott has completely failed managing the coronavirus crisis. Even the Trump White House is now calling Abbott out for his failures and lack of action while Texans continue to get sick and die. Texas ranks first in the amount of coronavirus cases and the case numbers are surging while Abbott continues to do nothing. This is dead wrong.
“A true leader would understand the only way to save the economy is by stopping the further spread of this disease that has taken too many already. When you lose the Trump White House, you know just how abysmal Abbott’s response to the coronavirus has been.”