Will Texas Shut Down Again?

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 7/17/2020, 8:30 a.m.
Several businesses have signs that require a shirt and shoes for service. Other businesses with drive-thru windows require one to ...
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Several businesses have signs that require a shirt and shoes for service. Other businesses with drive-thru windows require one to be in a vehicle for service. Schools required visitors to check in the front office before visiting other parts of the school. Certain buildings have restricted areas where the general public is not allowed. In every instance, rules have been established that people are expected to follow for everyone to remain safe from harm. To manipulate the lyrics from Beyonce’, “Who runs the world?” Rules, that’s who. So, why is it so hard to follow something like wearing a mask when it is just to protect the safety of yourself and others?

Texas has become a state to watch due to the soaring positive cases of COVID-19. Some positive cases are due to circumstances beyond the infected individual’s control, however, the majority of cases are by preventable actions of in-person contact. Actions where individuals are “living their best life” having fun, exercising their rights, and maneuvering like the coronavirus went somewhere else. There are so many stories of individuals who went to mass gatherings of people at the beach, at the club, at house parties, and the list goes of places where large populations of people went in negative and came out positive with COVID-19. All because they didn’t want to wear a mask in public and got themselves and others sick. Those actions are not the actions of people who love this country or people in this world.

As the number of cases grows up in Texas, the Lone Star State has become a hot spot and that curve is not flattening. Health officials have warned that if the number of cases continues to rise, more death is likely to result. Refrigerated trucks are now starting to prepare by ordering trucks as the morgues fill up according to CNN. Cameron and Hidalgo's counties are already using refrigerated trucks because there is no space in the morgues. San Antonio has also ordered the same kind of trucks. South Texas hospitals are overcrowded so hotels are being converted into health care facilities. Experts at the University of Washington have projected that 224,000 people will die from the virus by November 1.

Those kinds of numbers are what Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is trying to prevent in Houston. He has said that the “coronavirus is out of control in Houston and the state.” Statics show that more than 200 have died and an estimated 26,000 have tested positive from COVID-19. And even those death totals are not accurate since some individuals didn’t even seek help to get better and died outside the hospital setting. The current cases are being seen in younger age groups versus the older ones like they were at the height of the virus the first time COVID-19 struck. Citizens are being urged not to wait to ask for help or call 911 when they feel symptoms associated with COVID-19.

"As mayor, I simply cannot ignore those words coming from Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse, as well as other doctors," Mayor Turner said in a press conference about the canceling of the GOP convention in reference to Houston.