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Everything is Bigger in Texas

Back in March, Texas hospitals filled as Coronavirus, or COVID, numbers rose in the United States. Hospital staff was over worked with the number of patients, flowing through their halls. The governor was scrambling to fix what had not been done. 

While other states were taking the necessary precautions to keep COVID at bay as early February, Texas’ governor did not issue any mandates until March 19, 2020. In this executive order he limited social gatherings to ten people, he temporarily closed schools and banned visits to bars, restaurants and gyms. Masks were not required by the state, just “strongly” recommended. 

By April, Governor Abott already had a plan in affect to reopen the state of Texas despite the rising numbers of COVID cases. The governor was certain that by using contact tracing it identify those infected and who all may have been exposed. These tracers were supposed to help keep people at home in order to help Texas open back up. However, the hurry to open such a big state back up did more harm than good.

By June, Texas was in the final phase of reopening, having businesses opened to 50 % full capacity, yet reaching record high daily new infections. There were anywhere between 5,000-6,000 new cases reported in a single day. In Texas it had become more of a “every person for themselves” as Gov. Abott continued to take a more relax route with how to handle the pandemic.

Soon he began to blame the citizens of Texas for not washing their hands or using hand sanitizer enough and saying, “there is never a reason for you to have to leave your home unless you do need to go out,” although no stay-at-home order was mandated when the pandemic began to affect more Texans.

Flashforward to July 1 and Texas is the national hotspot for the pandemic. 75,000 new cases emerged in just three weeks from June 8 through June 29. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, had some words to say about the sudden surge of COVID cases.

“Fauci, while being careful not to point any fingers at specific states, suggested that part of the uptick in cases may be a result of these states’ reopening phases” stated a reporter from Spectrum News while writing about the surge in Texas COVID cases.

“Perhaps maybe in some, going too quickly and skipping over some of the checkpoints.” Dr. Fauci answered when asked about the reason behind the spike.

Toward the end of July Victoria county had been labeled a “super-hot spot” for the Coronavirus. Hospitals were at full capacity needing to request more ICU beds for patients. Nurses and doctors were coming in from out of town to help tend to the many new cases and preparing for more to come. These events had finally made Gov. Abott issue a statewide mask mandate. Masks were required anytime going out into public places and where social distancing could not happen outside. Although these actions may have been taken too late, it is a good thing they were put into place.

Now coming to the end of the year and the COVID cases per day have gone done from 9,000-10,000 new cases per day since July to the highest being 7,266 on October 27. The current total cases of COVID in Victoria being 4,584 in total at the beginning of November.

Although COVID has been going on for quite a while now, it is not completely gone nor do the safety precautions make it more difficult to task. Texas has now surpassed one million COVID cases, so please listen to health officials and wear a mask, wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, social distance and stay home when needed. If we all come together and realize that these precautions are for the safety of ourselves and others around us one day, we will be able to return to the lives we used to know. Stay safe!

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