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Jenkins Urges Statewide Safety Requirements in a Letter to Abbott

Dallas County’s new coronavirus cases continues to rapidly climb. June 1, the county counted 220 new cases. Sunday, the number jumped to 570.

The disturbing trend prompted Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins to write a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday. In it, he urges Abbott to impose statewide social distancing and mask-wearing mandates.

“Our ability to control the spread and impact of COVID-19 in our community is critical to our ability to allow our shared constituents to stay safe and thrive,” Jenkins wrote.

Throughout the pandemic, Jenkins and Abbott have butted heads over the capacity of local and state governments to enforce safety requirements. Jenkins has condemned Abbott for being too lax with regulations. Abbott has criticized Jenkins for measures that landed Dallas hair salon owner Shelley Luther in jail.

Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/jenkins-abbott-texas-coronavirus-restrictions-11922894

Without rapid behavior change, Austin heads for stage 5 shutdown

After a record number of Covid-19 cases reported over the weekend, the city is urging residents to comply with requirements for social distancing, personal hygiene and wearing masks over the July 4 weekend in an effort to avoid pushing the region into stage 5 (red) of virus spread and requiring a prolonged citywide shutdown.

“The hope is that we can put in place measures to slow transmission that are effective before we get to the point where we have to enact a stricter measure,” said Lauren Ancel Meyers, leader of the Covid-19 Modeling Consortium and professor at the University of Texas.

The city has been under a stage 4 (orange) alert for the past two weeks, but the growing surge in both cases and hospitalizations could push the city to the next stage, threatening the area’s total hospital bed and health care personnel capacity as soon as mid-July.

The seven-day moving average hospitalization rate has multiplied by five since June 1 under Gov. Greg Abbott’s containment approach, resulting in an average of 53.4 new admissions as of Monday compared to the average of 10.4 on June 1. With records of 728 cases reported between Friday and Saturday, 636 on Sunday and 508 new cases Monday, Austin Public Health interim Medical Director Dr. Mark Escott said Austin is in a “very, very dangerous spot right now,” quickly approaching the stage 5 threshold of an average of 70 daily hospital admissions.

Read more: https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2020/06/without-rapid-behavior-change-city-heads-for-stage-5-shutdown/
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