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Abbott says ‘no shutdown coming’ in Texas despite virus surge

HOUSTON, Texas -- As the number of coronavirus cases in Texas continues to rise and hospitals grow more crowded, Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday evening there is no statewide shutdown looming.

Abbott said last week that if the spread of the virus didn't slow that "the next step would have to be a lockdown." But in Houston television interviews, he said despite rumors of such a move - they are not true.

“Let me tell you, there is no shutdown coming,” he told KRIV-TV.

Abbott pointed to measures he’s taken in recent weeks, including a statewide mask mandate and an order shutting down bars, to slow the spread of the virus. It will take a few weeks to see a reversal in coronavirus case surges, he said.

He has repeatedly stressed this week that, if people wear masks, he'll be able to avoid shutting down the state. He told KPRC-TV that it seems like people ask him about a shutdown "like a thousand times a day."

"People are panicking, thinking I'm about to shut down Texas again," he said. "The answer is no. That is not the goal. I've been abundantly clear."

As of Thursday, there were 10,457 people in Texas hospitals with the coronavirus. That was down slightly from a peak of 10,569 on Tuesday, but still an 8% increase from a week ago and more than four times the number a month ago. Abbott described seeing a "flattening" of hospitalizations. The state has reported 3,561 deaths from the virus.

“We are certainly not out of the woods yet, but this could be a glimmer of hope,” Abbott said of the recent hospitalization numbers. “But the only way we can avoid a shutdown is if we do get everybody buying into this process of wearing a face mask.”

Earlier Thursday, Abbott defended his coronavirus response at the Texas GOP convention after acknowledging widespread discontent among party members. Several Republican officials have voiced their criticism of Abbott’s statewide mask order.

"The last thing that any of us want is to lock Texas back down again," he said during the virtual convention.

But Democrats continued to push for Abbott to take more action to stem the spread of the virus.

"Gov. Abbott should start listening to public health officials and members of his own coronavirus taskforce before he makes blanket claims," said Abhi Rahman, a state party spokesman. "After experiencing record deaths today and over 10,000 new cases, it's shocking that Abbott continues to double down on his failed policies and positions."

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      1. Markturner you have no balls. You can’t vote either. You a figment of Alberto’s psycho imagination. Not real. Now go wax his rear end and scrub his balls.

      2. Putting off the inevitable is what I’ve been telling you all along fool comrade turner. If Abbot is kicked out of office it will be in the next election and I won’t be alone. We follow the law not invent hoaxes to try to put a good president out of office illegally. Its your party the demoKKKrats that practices that course.

    1. What’s the matter moron? No sleep? Insomnia much. You’ve been up psycho ranting all morning. The only ignorance here is you Alberto. #albertoisamoron

    2. I’Vve noticed that the 3 stooges get shriller and shriller the closer we get to November 3 and each time Sleepy Joe’s poll numbers go up some more.

  1. I don’t know why Abbott made a mask mandate. According to Fero2A, it’s junk science. Fero2A is like Bill Nye the Science Guy: Only children take him seriously.

    1. It’s Steve the sarcastic nitwit. What I said was libtards rely on junk science. Case in point KVIA published an article that showed you don’t need a mask with at least 6 feet social distancing. How dumb is that when you are pushing a wear a mask narrative. So you watch Bill Nye? So funny. Don’t libtards like you depend on him for junk science? BTW – I pity your children.

  2. Republkklans up in here, continue thier LOW CLAAS ways with innsults and name calling like thier NO CLASS having president Donald RUMP. “When you Repubs, go low, we go higher” OK!!

    1. Sure backward, you can’t even reach the top of a street curb. The only high you have is what you put up your vein, smoke, or snort up your crooked nose.

  3. Looks like the maniac 50 personalites of alberto muerto showed up today spewing their usual venom about themselves. Idiot demoKKKrats complaining about the smell and its them that stink to high heaven. backwards, comrade turner and alberto muerto are the same POS mental cases. Put together they don’t even add up to one.

  4. Anyway. This site is more fun than a Soap Opera where relatives get together for a Thanksgiving dinner. Democrats relatives make a simple comment about how good the Turkey is, and Republicans say it’s because of President Trump. Democrats respond that next year the Turkey will be better because of Biden. Then the fun starts. Drunk uncle Roy tells his nephew that to get a real job, aunt Becky tells uncle Roy to shut up, Grandpa tells Grandma to get new dentures, and pretty soon everyone is yelling above each other. Soon everyone forgets what they were there for and they have a food fight, leaving the kitchen a mess. After that they all get in the cars and leave in a hurry. Thanksgiving? What Thanksgiving?

    1. uxcrement, thanks for your unsolicited and sorry Thanksgiving story. Fortunately for the rest of the decent Americans, we really do have a great time in Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, New Years, Valentines etc. etc. etc.

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