UPDATED 12:35 PM PT — Thursday, June 25, 2020
Texas has paused its reopening efforts after the state saw a massive spike in coronavirus cases. The state announced a record breaking 5,500 new cases on Wednesday, with hospitalizations setting record highs for almost two weeks straight.
On Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott announced Texas would be halting any new plans for reopening while waiting for infection rates to decline. According to the governor, the state will not be shutting back down. Businesses already up and running will be allowed to remain open.
However, the state will continue to enforce health safety protocols.
“COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas and it must be corralled,” stated Abbott. “We have several strategies to reduce the spread without having to shut Texas back down.”
He urged residents to stay at home if possible, follow social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings to prevent spreading the disease.