UPDATE (2:00 P.M.) – Gov Abbott urged Texans to follow all safety protocols for COVID-19 prevention as hospitalizations have doubled over the past three weeks.
Abbott showed numbers where Texas has nearly 3,200 patients in the hospitals a day due to the virus. While testing has risen, the positive rate of tests has doubled as well. Three weeks ago, it sat at 4.5% and today it is nearly 9%.
“We can return to normal life while coexisting with the virus,” he said at the opening of the press conference.
Abbott added at the end of his press conference just before he left that if the numbers double again over the next month, that Texas would be “in an urgent situation where tougher actions would be required to make sure that we do contain the spread of COVID-19.”
The governor listed five strategies that Texans can take to mitigate the spread of the virus and they include:
- Following safety protocols listed by state health officials
- Authorities are increasing enforcement of restrictions, including at bars and parks
- Surge testing efforts in known hot spots.
- Work with hospitals to ensure that they can treat anyone
- Wearing a mask
Gov. Abbott added the last point as many conservatives have attacked his response that allowing counties to have mandatory face masks in businesses infringes on personal freedom. He also said that people should wear masks if it means that’s what it takes to reopen the state.
AUSTIN, Texas (KETK) – Gov. Greg Abbott will give another update about the state’s response to the coronavirus as hospitalizations and positive test rates continue to rise across Texas.
In the update, Gov. Abbott is expected to address two metrics as the state continues to reopen businesses during the pandemic — the COVID-19 positive test rate and hospitalizations. Those were the statistics he pointed at when the economy began the reopen under his phased plan.
At a press conference last week, Abbott stressed that the rises in these two rates raises “concerns, but there is no reason to be alarmed.”
There are currently more than 3,500 Texans hospitalized from the virus across the state, more than double since the beginning of June.
Since the state began to reopen, the positive test rate has risen nearly 3%. KETK News and FOX 51 will broadcast the press conference live as well as stream it on our website.