Texas governor mandates mask-wearing as coronavirus cases surge

'Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Greg Abbott said.

7/3/2020 12:55:00 AM

NEW: Texas Gov. Abbott issues an order Thursday requiring all Texans to wear face coverings in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases.

'Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Greg Abbott said.

“We can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business,” he said.Abbott’s order comes as Texas health officials reported 8,231 new COVID-19 cases, which is the second highest daily total recorded in the state, and 45 deaths, according to an NBC News tally.

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Since the pandemic started, 175,039 Texans have been infected and 2,524 have died from the virus, the statistics show. And 70,877 of those cases were reported in the last two weeks.An ally of President Donald Trump, the Republican governor had been loath to impose statewide mandates and left it to local authorities to decide how they wanted to deal with the crisis.

But as the number of cases started climbing last month and hospital officials warned they might not have enough beds for sick patients, Abbott hit the pause button on the state’s plans to reopen andshut down barsand other businesses that draw crowds.“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10% the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said in a statement. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars.”

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Mayor Yosemite Sam of Rockwall has decided he will not follow the law and has made this small dick energy proclamation. These Red State Governor's should be held responsible for their in action that has lead to this explosion of new cases. They did what Trump wanted, so how many will because of these fools. God help these Southern state, their Govenors have turn loose the Grim Reaper!

A little late isn’t he? Funny, Trump mentions wearing masks and looking like the Lone Ranger, and all of a sudden his Repug -lican Governor buddies are suddenly convinced! 🙄 So, like, everywhere? DavidPepper EXCEPT churches 🤯🤯🤯 What took you so long. A TODAS LAS PERSONAS QUE ARRIESGAN LA VIDA PARA SALVARNOS DEL COVID 19. GRACIAS EN CADA DIA HE AQUÍ UN HOMENAJE.

Time for Texans to grow up and be adults. Put the mask on - oh, and cowboy boots and suits don’t mix What a Maskhole.. True, but way too many exceptions allowed. Counties with less than 20 cases will be exempt. Here are the caveats Lol or what It's not a law - can't enforce it. What if I have a note from my doctor?

Oh, now he wants to get serious. How many deaths are already on his hands? Good luck with this now that the you have no beds in which to put sick people. How's he going to enforce that? Keep your mask away from my FREEDOM! 🤠👍 No! Masks make people not look too good Lock him up! Why TF is he still governor.

So timely! Only 3 months too late. This spike in cases and new shutdowns really makes it feel as if all of the sacrifices we mad in March and April were wasted. We should be mad as hell! COVID Another Covidtastic day! Let him try and enforce it.

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