June 25, 2020
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday the state is facing a “massive outbreak” in the coronavirus pandemic and that greater restrictions may be necessary. Abbott made the comments during an interview with CBS affiliate KFDA-TV in Amarillo.
“Today will we have 5,000 people test positive, again, as well as more than 4,000 people hospitalized because of it,” Abbott told the station. State health officials reported 5,551 cases on Wednesday, a new one-day record for Texas.
“We are looking at greater restrictions,” Abbott said, adding that some new restrictions could be localized to areas that are “running tight on hospital capacity.” One such area would be Houston, where hospitals are reportedly running at 97% of capacity.
KFDA reported that new restrictions would be a reversal of Texas’ reopening plan, which has been moving forward this month despite continued increases in cases and hospitalizations.
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