Texas HDC Chair Responds to Gov. Abbott’s Latest COVID-19 Re-Openings

State Rep Chris Turner

(TEXAS) – Today, Gov. Greg Abbott announced all businesses in Texas will now be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, despite the state continuing to fall short on the very data measurement goals the governor himself set weeks ago.

  • Texas has still failed to complete 30k tests in a day without commingling data, and the
    average daily tests have gone down over the past week.
  • Since Memorial Day, which occurred about three weeks after Phase 1 of “Open Texas”
    was enacted, we’ve seen our three-highest single-day case totals since the pandemic
    began. The state is reporting these spikes even while testing is decreasing, rendering the numbers particularly concerning.
  • All of this, along with the jump in our positive testing rate and the flatlining of
    hospitalization numbers, shows a troublesome lack of progress — especially at a time
    when Gov. Abbott continues to loosen statewide safety measures.

State Representative Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), Chair of the Texas House Democratic
Caucus, released the following statement in response to the Governor’s actions:

“On Monday, Texas saw its highest 7-day average of new cases since the pandemic
began. The data are clear — unfortunately, COVID-19 numbers are moving in the
wrong direction right now and we need to tap the brakes, not step on the gas.”