Houston Judge Sees 'Significant Increase' In COVID-19 Hospitalizations Amid Phase 3

She suggests wearing a mask.
Houston Judge Sees 'Significant Increase' In COVID-19 Hospitalizations Amid Phase 3

Texas has undergone a lot of changes recently, with the gradual reopening of the state and the outbreak of protests across many cities. With Gov. Abbott's phase 3 of the reopening plan now in place, many local officials are turning to the statistics to track how Texas COVID-19 numbers are looking. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo revealed on Twitter last night that Houston has seen a "significant increase" in hospital admissions due to the novel coronavirus.

For the past couple of months, Judge Hidalgo has been pushing residents to practice safe social distancing, wear face coverings, and stay isolated while COVID-19 cases continue to grow.

The daily new confirmed cases in Texas have been spiking and falling, almost every day showing a noticeable difference from the day before.

Hidalgo took to Twitter on the evening of June 4, 2020, to share her concern about the spread of COVID-19 in her area.

"Over the past 7 days we’ve seen a statistically significant (95% confidence level) increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions," she revealed to her followers.

She followed up this statement with her concern about "the impact of reopening too quickly."

In order to slow down growing case numbers, the judge recommended that locals "please take personal responsibility. Social distance. Wear face coverings. Avoid groups."

May 31 saw the highest number of new positive COVID-19 cases in Texas, with nearly 2,000 new ones in a single day, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

June 1 had just over a fourth of the number of cases from the day prior, at 593, and each day since has seen over 1,600 per day.

The Harris County Judge had recently shared with her audience that "face coverings are a sign of respect. Wear them with pride."

This announcement from Hidalgo comes the day after Governor Greg Abbott shared that "Texas had the fewest #COVID19 hospitalizations in the past 6 weeks."

Judge Hidalgo and Mayor Turner have teamed up to postpone housing evictions until August, to help residents avoid homelessness during the pandemic.

The judge's public attempts to keep Houstonians safe during these times are carrying on as the community continues to see changes.

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