Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who had previously resisted a mask order in the state,“The worst is yet to come as we move forward with this massive increase in the number of people who test positive,” said Abbott to CBS ‘subsidiary KLBK-TV. “The only way we can keep our businesses open, the only way we can continue to have the jobs they need to pay their bills is for everyone to adopt this practice of wearing a face mask.” ” that the state would need to lock more if the number of cases does not decrease.
Abbott extended his term across the state on Friday.
Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said on Saturday that he did not agree with Abbott’s plan to reopen schools. “It makes no sense to have this conversation while this virus is out of control,” said Turner, according to CBS affiliate Houston KHOU-TV. “You don’t send the kids back to school when there is a raging fire and the fires continue to burn in August. Turn off the permanent fire in July, so stop for a few weeks. “
In El Paso, the sixth largest city in the state, Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the county’s public health official, has ordered schools closed until September 8, according to the El Paso Times. On Sunday, the county experienced a peak of 411 new cases.
“This virus is spreading like wildfire in our community and the only way to slow the spread is for everyone to take it seriously and stay at home,” Ocaranza said in a statement, according to CBS affiliate. El Paso, KDBC-TV. “If they have to go out, it is important to take all safety precautions. ”
The number of coronavirus cases throughout Texas increased by more than 8,100 on Sunday, according to the State Department of Health. 80 people died.
On Sunday, the number of people hospitalized across the state increased again to more than 10,400, and there are 977 intensive care beds open. The hospitalization rate has increased every day since June 11, when 2,008 people were hospitalized.
The U.S. Army Northern Command confirmed on Sunday that it had sent 580 military medical personnel to hospitals in Texas to help care for patients with coronavirus.