Governor Abbott said COVID-19 is spreading at an "unacceptable rate" in Texas during a press conference Monday.
The governor began the press conference by saying the decisions made regarding the virus come from data and discussions with doctors.
The early goal was to slow the spread of coronavirus to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. The governor said we have met those goals.
Safety protocols were established to contain the spread of coronavirus. Govenor Abbott said those protocols work if they are followed by businesses.
Data is showing that the virus is spreading across the state. The positivity rate has gone from 4.5% in late May to almost 9%.
"COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas and it must be corralled," said Governor Abbott.
In order to contain the spread, the governor said all Texans should follow the protocols that have been established:
- Stay at home when you can
- Wash your hands often
- Wear a face mask when you go out
The state government is working with hospitals to make sure they are able to care for coronavirus cases.
The governor addressed complaints he has received from Texans who say wearing a mask is an infringement of freedoms. He responded that wearing a mask will help keep Texas open.
"COVID hasn't suddenly gone away, but neither has our ability to slow the spread," said Governor Abbott.
Governor Abbott addressed questions regarding the Fourth of July. The state is allowing gatherings for the holiday, however there is local flexibility regarding gatherings for celebration events, meaning local governments can choose whether to limit or cancel events.
The governor went on to address voting, with primary elections coming up. Governor Abbott said he believes it is safe for people to vote in person. He said he extended the time for early voting in order to stagger out poll times. He also encouraged voters to wear a mask when practicing their civic duty.
The governor said if hospitalizations and daily cases continue to spike, additional measures may need to be taken in order to slow the spread.