Texas, which began to open its businesses at the beginning of May, has reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 for five consecutive days as the state struggles to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, 1,179 new cases were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Lone Star State to 41,048.
Since Gov. Greg Abbott (R) allowed some businesses to resume operations on May 1, Texas has only been below 1,000 new cases per day twice — on May 4 and May 7.
On Tuesday, Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s top public health officials, appeared before the Senate Health Committee and warned that states who reopen their economies too quickly could see new outbreaks of the disease that could result in “needless suffering and death.”
“The consequences could be really serious,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the committee.
Fauci stressed that states follow the reopening guidelines released by the White House, specifically citing that states should see a 14-day consecutive decline in daily new COVID-19 cases before beginning to reopen. Texas has failed to reach that benchmark.
Also on Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) warned cities to not enforce stricter coronavirus restrictions than those the state government has mandated during the state’s first reopening phase, which Abbott has slated to run through May 18.
Congratulations Republicans, you finally did it. You got the dumbest human being into the White House and are doing everything in your power to keep them there. Sure, a few years ago you did well getting an idiot elected in Bush, but this one, wow. He says the quiet part loud every damn time.
How to more cases than anybody in the world pic.twitter.com/VA9bPJiQ6i
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) May 15, 2020
And remember those news stories back in 2016 that Jared and Ivanka were going to curb Trump’s more erratic behavior?
“Jared [Kushner] had been arguing that testing too many people, or ordering too many ventilators, would spook the markets and so we just shouldn’t do it… That advice worked far more powerfully on [Trump] than what the scientists were saying.” https://t.co/PVucxMMmin
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 15, 2020