Texas seeing surge in COVID-19 cases in young people
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) says the state is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases from people under 30. Texas reported new highs this week in the number of new hospitalizations since the outbreak began.
According to the Texas Department of Public Health, there were 2,622 new cases of the coronavirus recorded Tuesday. The state also has 2,518 new hospitalizations. The number of people hospitalized has increased daily since May 25, when just 1,511 people were hospitalized.
“The majority of people who tested positive since the beginning of June have been people under the age of 30,” Abbott said. He believes the increase could be the result of Memorial Day festivities or from bar settings.
Bars were allowed to open at 50% capacity and restaurants at 75% capacity in Texas on June 3. Abbott has repeatedly warned that bars and restaurants will lose their liquor license for 30 days if they are caught not adhering to the state’s guidelines.
“We are in the middle of a short period of time where all of us have to coexist with COVID-19,” Abbott said. “The reality is COVID-19 still exists in Texas.”
The Texas Tribune released data from the state’s largest counties showing an increase in coronavirus cases amongst young people. Bexar County, home to San Antonio, says that 50 percent of their new cases are people younger than 40.
“Younger folks: You’re not immune to this,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a press conference on Tuesday.
The mayors of Texas’s largest cities joined together to ask the governor for more local power. They said many people are refusing to wear masks.
“While it’s important to get our economy working again, we must also take precautions to avoid a massive influx of new cases overwhelming our hospitals,” the mayors said in the letter. “And if mayors are given the opportunity to require face coverings, we believe our cities will be ready to help reduce the spread of this disease. We think you would agree that a healthy economy starts with healthy people.”
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