Austin, Texas – Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Tuesday that the state exceeded 5,000 new cases of coronavirus in a single day for the first time other troubling milestone as the largest US pediatric hospital begins admitting adult patients to free beds in Houston.
The announcement came days after Texas registered 4,000 new cases for the first time just this past weekend. . Physician Anthony Fauci, the country's infectious disease expert, told lawmakers in Washington on Tuesday that "the next few weeks are going to be critical" in Texas and other states trying to control an alarming spike in new cases.
" There are still many people in the state of Texas who believe that the spread of COVID-19 is not a challenge, "Abbott told KBTX television in Bryan, Texas. "Coronavirus is a serious thing. It is spreading."
It did not offer an exact number of new cases or tests in total, figures that are expected to be available in the next few hours. But Abbott noted Monday that the infection rate in Texas has doubled since late May to almost 9% and that the state has had 11 consecutive days of record hospitalizations for COVID-19, with more than 3,700.
Abbott emphasized the use of face masks in a more vigorous way than at any other point in the pandemic . He has not implemented new measures that many Democrats have asked him to do, such as making the use of face masks mandatory, but he hinted Tuesday that there could be new actions. available, but some of the state's largest medical centers are beginning to create new spaces to handle the growing number of cases. Texas Children's Hospital, the largest pediatric hospital in the United States, reported Tuesday that it was admitting adult patients to other facilities to free up more space in the Houston area.
The number of patients who tested positive for COVID -19 in Harris County, which encompasses the city of Houston, has nearly tripled since May 31.