Coronavirus Texas: As positive cases rise, President-elect Joe Biden presents COVID-19 plan

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the country and in Texas. Lone Star State is one of 31 states that Johns Hopkins University has said has hit a record high number of coronavirus cases this week. In Harris County, there are more than 167,000 cases and more than 2,300 deaths with numbers rising.READ MORE: More than 6,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in 1 day, state says“We have to remember that we are still in the midst of a public health crisis. Now it’s starting to move up into the 8% range and that’s starting to worry us, ”said Dr Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health.

As the numbers continue to rise, President-elect Joe Biden gets to work to fight the deadly virus. He posted some on his transition website on Sunday.

His initial plan calls for doubling the number of testing sites, investing in rapid home testing, creating a nationwide pandemic dashboard and mobilizing 100,000 Americans for contact tracing.

His plan also calls on all governors to issue a mask warrant.

“We still have opportunities to get this under control and reduce those numbers, but it’s going to be left to the individual, it’s nothing to the mayor, the county judge, [or] the governor can do it, ”said Dr David Persse, the City of Houston health authority.

Governor Greg Abbott issued a mask warrant over the summer. It is forcing people to wear face masks in public in counties with more than 20 confirmed positive cases.

Persse said: “It’s painful when the governor has to lock things down. It hurts the economy, so let’s not go there. Let’s keep this under control with what we can do now. ”

As Biden makes the transition, it is not clear whether President Donald Trump’s administration will grant Biden’s new task force access to federal agencies. But, the work with the governors could start as soon as possible.

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