Texas Has Decided to Roll the Dice on the Coronavirus
On Monday, Greg Abbott announced the beginning of Texas’s “phase two” easing of public safety measures. By the end of the week, restaurants can double capacity to 50 percent, while bars, bowling alleys, and bingo halls can reopen at 25 percent capacity. The order exempts El Paso County, where leaders have concerns about, among other things, hospital capacity, as well as the hard-hit counties in the Amarillo area, including Randall, Potter, Moore, and Deaf Smith. While the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations around the state have trended upward in recent weeks, Texas hasn’t yet seen massive spikes in infections or had its hospitals overwhelmed. As part of a high-stakes gamble, state leaders are now betting that, even as they relax public safety…View Original Post
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