With COVID moving to stage 5, Abbott’s decree is a death warrant for Texans
AUSTIN, Texas – Over the weekend, Texas recorded grim statistics as the Delta variant continues to sweep communities across the state. Texas overtook New York on Friday to become the State with second highest number of COVID deaths.
Meanwhile, Monday the Houston Chronicle reported that an increase in hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Houston is increasing as rapidly as at any point in the pandemic so far, and is expected to surpass previous records by mid-August. Travis County hospitals are also approaching capacity again as intensive care beds fill up, with Austin Department of Health report only nine intensive care beds available in an area serving 2.3 million people – and Travis County moved to the threshold of Stage 5 after going from Stage 3 to Stage 4 a week earlier. New reports have also emerged from pregnant women are increasingly hospitalized with the delta variant in the Austin area, with a high risk of complications. Nationally, the outlook is just as bleak, with more than 100,000 new COVID cases recorded in the United States in just 24 hours over the weekend – the most since February. And all of this while school is expected to resume in the coming weeks.
In the face of these dangerous developments, disgraced Governor Greg Abbott is anything but a guarantee of further suffering for communities in Texas. Last week, Abbott signed an executive order prohibiting local authorities from implementing precautions in their towns – an executive order he has not rescinded despite the rise in COVIDs statewide. This reduction in the capacity of local leaders to keep their communities safe goes against logic, decency and compassion – another example of government overstepping on the part of the party that prides itself on a small government. . By depriving Texan communities of the power to put in place protections for themselves, Abbott is putting the lives of millions of people at risk.
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa made the following statement:
“Greg Abbott has gone too far in his refusal to protect the citizens of Texas. More than 53,000 Texans have died, and many are in critical condition in area hospitals and fighting for their lives because they trusted his administration. How many more lives will have to be lost before Abbott takes action to do what is right for Texas and not his political career?
“Abbott has made it clear that it does not respect the freedom of local elected officials to do what they know is best for their communities and schools. Like a dictator, he suppressed their ability to alleviate this public health crisis and banned the application of the simplest measures like wearing a mask. At all costs, Abbott will do everything in his power to flatter the extremists who he believes will re-elect him in the next term.
“Abbott is here for himself, and Texans are dying because of his bad decisions and his inability to get us out of this health crisis. Texas Democrats are standing with teachers, parents, families and community leaders across our state and calling on Abbott to end his political show and spare us from this pandemic worsening. ”