Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston, said that the city’s ICUs are almost at full occupancy, so has sent an emergency ‘Level 1 Severe’ alert to residents’ phones to stay home, skip meetings, and wear face masks to prevent further spread, reported The New York Times.
Harris, the largest county in Texas, has seen a sudden increase in cases in recent weeks. The sum total is already 28,255 infections and 361 deaths, most of which have been within the Houston city limits.
Governor Greg Abbott acknowledged, in an interview with KVIA-TV in El Paso, that his reopening plan had gone wrong. “If I could go back and redo something, it probably would have been curbing the opening of bars,” he said.
On the other hand, the University of Mississippi Medical Center reported that her ICU is “completely full.” Dr. Alan Jones, assistant vice chancellor for clinical affairs of the institution, needed to be very concerned “about the path we are on and what will happen in the next two weeks.”
In addition, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, a state health officer, said at a press conference last Thursday that he had seen his highest number of hospitalizations in recent days. Authorities say many residents have ignored distance, worn masks, and are still joining in for large social gatherings.