Houston-area residents should follow stay-at-home guidelines that were discontinued weeks ago to cope with a
Harris County Judge
Nonetheless, in response to surging hospitalization rates, Hidalgo said in an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday that residents should voluntarily don masks and keep 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart to retard the contagion that’s killed more than 2,000 Texans. Hidalgo, a first-term Democrat, has been at
“I am definitely sounding the alert,” she said. “We are not yet at red-alert status, but we have to take proactive action not to get there.”
Covid-19 hospitalizations swelled by 11% in Texas to 2,793, the biggest 24-hour increase since June 4, state figures showed Wednesday. Since the end of May, hospitalizations have climbed 66% amid a rush to reopen the economy. The wave of sickness prompted Houston Mayor
Hidalgo, who last week raised the specter of reopening a never-used Covid-19 field hospital that had been set up in a football stadium, said she’s closely watching hospital admissions for signs of systemic strain.
If the numbers continue to climb and hospitals begin to fill their so-called surge-capacity beds, then she and other local leaders will move to reopen the stadium facility.
“Early on, we were able to flatten the curve because we issued the stay-at-home order and folks bought into it and did their part,” Hidalgo said. “As a result, the curve flattened, but it never came down, and now it’s going back up.”
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