Houston Mayor Proposes 2-Week Closure ‘At Least’ to Smother COVID-19 Spread

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) on Monday proposed a two-week shutdown “minimum” to calm the coronavirus pandemic.

The mayor tweeted that he made his recommendation to Governor Greg Abbott (R), telling the governor that it “will help mitigate” the spread of the coronavirus.

“If we can’t close, then at least go back to Phase 1 of the state,” Turner tweeted. “This will allow us to reset and reevaluate.”

Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Turner’s recommendation came a day after Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo asked for an order to stay home.

“Not only do we need an order to stay home now, but we must keep it this time until the hospitalization curve goes down, it doesn’t just flatten,” he tweeted. “Many communities that persevered in that way are reopening in the long term. Let’s learn from that and don’t make the same mistake twice. “

Texas has recently become a hot spot for coronavirus in the U.S., and Houston County records the majority of cases in the state.

Harris County has confirmed 47,369 cases and designates 32,559 cases as active. That has recorded 466 deaths.

Texas has 264,313 confirmed cases and 3,235 deaths, according to state data. The lone star’s state broke its daily new case record Thursday, at 10,909, and topped 10,000 hospitalizations the same week.

The governor responded to the increase by requiring people to cover their faces in public and closing bars and reducing the capacity of restaurants. Democrats argue that the governor reopened the state too quickly, while some Republicans say his recent restrictions go too far.

Abbott announced Sunday that the federal government has agreed to continue supporting coronavirus testing sites in Dallas and Houston after the Trump administration’s original plan to stop directly funding the sites sparked a backlash.


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