Wednesday brought another turnaround. Texas had previously ordered all air travelers from New York, with his number in full development of cases, quarantine for 14 days. But on Wednesday, governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has turned the tables and announced that travelers from Texas and eight other States hard hit should be quarantined.
The reversal suddenly left Mr. Abbott with few good options and a range of critics of both parties – some of them leaders of major cities largely democratic State, who complained that the State has re-opened too quickly, and has tied the hands when they wanted to impose measures to combat the virus on their own.
“The governor opens our economy and said:” OK, you go back to work “, and we expect that there is nothing going on? ” said Ruben Becerra, a democrat and the executive of the county of Hays, on the south-west of Austin, where the total number of confirmed cases has increased from 353 June 1, more than 2 100 on Wednesday.
Mr Abbott is not alone. Other States are headed by governors, republicans have struggled to balance their reopenings with the spread of the virus, while navigating between the policy of wearing a mask and the problems of State versus local control.
In Arizona, the management of the pandemic by the governor Doug Ducey, a republican, has been the subject of sharp criticism on the part of democratic leaders of the largest cities in Arizona. Mr. Ducey has refused to allow the mayors to make compulsory the wearing of masks in their cities. But under the pressure of an outbreak, Mr. Ducey has allowed the mayors to implement their own measures.
Wednesday, Florida has seen a record number of new cases of coronavirus, but the governor Ron DeSantis, a republican, has not given any indication that the State will cancel its re-opening, urging people to avoid crowds and closed spaces with poor ventilation.
Texas, however, is faced with a challenge to both political and digital. If local trends continue, Houston could become the city most affected in the country, rivaling the situation in Brazil, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine Houston, warned this week on Twitter.