COVID-19 Spreading at ‘Unacceptable Rate in Texas,' Abbott Says
Texas governor urges everyone to wear masks when in public, maintain physical distancing
Gov. Greg Abbott (R) says COVID-19 is spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas and that it must be corralled to keep Texans safe and the state open for business.
During a scheduled news conference on the state's response to the pandemic Monday, Abbott started off by addressing recent increases in new cases, new hospitalizations and the positivity index -- the percentage of the people who have tested positive for the virus.
Abbott said last week the state was averaging more than 3,500 new cases per day after averaging 1,500 per day in May. He noted that hospitalizations set a record 10 days straight and are now at more than 3,400 and that the positivity index was hovering just under 9% after being below 5% for much of last month.
As of Monday, data reported by the DSHS increased the hospitalizations to more than 3,700, the positivity index to 9.51% and the number of cases increased by another 3,300 Sunday along with 10 more deaths.