It’s kind of weird that the states with governors who are doing everything in their power to prevent mask mandates or most mitigation policies seem to be losing badly against covid. I wonder what the correlation is:
Gov. Greg Abbott appealed for out-of-state help to fight the third wave of COVID-19 in Texas while two more of the state’s largest school districts announced mask mandates in defiance of the governor.
Abbott’s request Monday came as a county-owned hospital in Houston raised tents to accommodate their COVID-19 overflow. Private hospitals in the county already were requiring their staff to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Meantime, the Dallas and Austin school districts announced Monday that they would require students and staff to wear face masks. The Houston school district already announced a mask mandate for its students and staff later this week if its board approves.
The highly contagious delta variant is fueling the wave.
The Republican governor has directed the Texas Department of State Health Services to use staffing agencies to find additional medical staff from beyond the state’s borders as the delta wave began to overwhelm its present staffing resources. He also has sent a letter to the Texas Hospital Association to request that hospitals postpone all elective medical procedures voluntarily.
Breaking: Gov. Greg Abbott is asking hospitals to delay certain elective procedures so space can be freed for COVID-19 patients. He still won't let local governments and schools require masks or vaccines. https://t.co/WPy32VMlzI
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) August 9, 2021