Updated at 2:45 p.m. with remarks from the press conference.
Vice President Mike Pence met Gov. Greg Abbott Sunday, pledging extra resources and testing in wake of what Abbott called “the really speedy and really unsafe turn” of the coronavirus in Texas.
“President Trump wanted us to be here today with the developments over the last 2 weeks with the increasing positivity and the increasing number of cases with a very basic message and that is to use individuals of Texas: We’re with you,” Pence stated.
About two weeks ago something changed, he said. However, Pence stated that he believed it was not the reopening, but the behavior of people not wearing masks or social distancing.
Pence prompted everyone to wear a face covering. He used a mask as he came off Flying force 2, as did Abbott and other state officials who met the aircraft.
“We need to understand that COVID-19 has actually taken a very speedy and really harmful turn in Texas over just the past few weeks,” Abbott said.
On Friday, federal officials had revealed federal financing for testing sites would be extended for 2 week, however on Sunday, he said, “We’ll be extending that every bit as long as Texas wants us to.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, White Home coronavirus action task force coordinator. said that Dallas County appeared to be “holding consistent,” while cases are increasing in Bexar and Harris counties. As Birx was speaking, Dallas County reported another record in cases on Sunday– 570– and one death.
Birx said Texas had a great resuming plan, then had the spike.
“It was an extremely serious and safe opening strategy and you can see the effect of the opening strategy and how it worked out. All of May, for nearly five weeks, and then there was an inflection point, she said. “What we are seeing here is a increased rate of hospitalization of 20-40 years of age … We know that’s the primary asymptomatic group.”
Birx likewise thanked Abbott for closing bars in the state, which belonged to his executive order dialing back some openings on Friday.
Texas has 143,371 reported COVID-19 cases, with at least 2,366 deaths due to the fact that of the virus. The state’s positivity rate, which is the percentage of coronavirus tests administered that produce a favorable outcome, diminished to under 5%last month, after a high in mid-April of 13.86%. On Thursday, the seven-day average positivity rate was 11.73%.
On Friday Abbott took steps to stem a tide of coronavirus infections. He closed bars, ordered dining establishments to return to 50%capacity, shut river-rafting clothing and gave local authorities more control over big events ahead of the Fourth of July vacation. Recently Dallas County saw its largest single day increases of COVID-19 cases ever, consisting of an incredible 561 brand-new infections on Saturday and an extra 7 deaths. As of Saturday, Dallas County has had 19,595 COVID-19 cases, and a minimum of 351 county locals have died from the virus. Democrats criticized the response.”The Trump-Pence administration’s failure to get Americans– including Texans– the testing they need or use an effective resuming plan based in public health and science has actually now intensified the pandemic in communities across the country,”stated Kate Bedingfield, deputy project manager for former Vice President and presumptive Democratic governmental candidate Joe Biden. Biden’s campaign slammed the administration for at first proposing to end financing of federal testing sites simply as new coronavirus cases started to increase. The federal government backed off the strategy to stop moneying its testing sites in Texas. Biden also charged that Pence’s trip was reflective of the administration’s “dismissive mindset” in resolving the pandemic.
“Our leaders ought to be tackling this pandemic head on and laying out concrete healing plans for the American individuals– not jet setting throughout the nation to hold occasions that break standard public health guidance,” Bedingfield said. “Families in the Lone Star State and across the nation be worthy of better.”
Throughout a conference call staged by the Texas Democratic Party Friday, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, interested Pence to promote more screening, the wearing of masks to mitigate spread and attention to companies that are suffering.
“We require your attention Mr. Vice President,” she stated. “We are a hotspot.”
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who has sparred with Abbott over the speed of Texas’ reopening, blasted the guv for what he described as ignoring science. He stated at the beginning of the crisis, local leaders were taking a clinical approach to the pandemic.
“At the start of May, our governor said hold my beer. And let me take this over,” Jenkins said. “No more requirements, everybody do what you want to do, everything that doctors and organisation are telling you, these are only recommendations.”
Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, AG Ken Paxton and Gov. Greg Abbott greet Vice
- Pence and Senator John Cornyn as they arrive at Dallas Love Field on Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Dallas. Pence is anticipated to speak at First Baptist Church’s’ Celebrate Liberty Sunday Occasion’then talk to Gov.
- Greg Abbott at a press occasion. (Juan Figueroa/ The Dallas Early Morning News) (Juan Figueroa/ Staff photographer) Source: dallasnews.com