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Texas surpasses New York in number of coronavirus cases

AUSTIN, Texas — Coronavirus cases in Texas have risen to more than 418,00, putting the state at a higher case count than New York.

Once the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, New York now ranks fourth in total case count behind California, Florida and Texas, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Medical teams on the frontlines in Texas said that spikes in the state have taken a toll.

“It’s very hard. We’re seeing entire families in our communities ravaged by the virus,” said Dr. Martin Schwartz, who treats patients in intensive care units. “A lot of deaths inside one single family. It’s terrible.”

The main hotspot in the state has been the Rio Grande Valley, where hospitals began reaching capacity earlier this month.

Health officials say the pandemic is wreaking havoc on communities in Hidalgo County.

“It’s a tsunami what we’re seeing right now,” said Dr. Federico Vallejo, a critical care pulmonologist. He told CNN last week that he is treating up to 70 patients a day compared to the usual 15 to 20 a critical care doctor sees during a rotation.

Texas was one of the first states to reopen in May, but Gov. Greg Abbott announced a pause to any further reopening in June when cases surged. Now Texas is one of the 41 states to implement mask requirements in some form to protect against the virus’s spread.

Though many health experts stress the importance of wearing masks to protect against the spread of the virus, their use has been under debate in the public.

Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, who has frequently refused to wear a mask, has tested positive for the virus.

Gohmert told CNN last month that he didn’t wear a mask because he had been tested and he didn’t yet have the virus. “But if I get it, you’ll never see me without a mask,” he said. But he began to wear a mask more in the last two weeks he said.

Gohmert told KETK on Wednesday he may have contracted coronavirus by incorrectly wearing his mask.

“I can’t help but think that if I hadn’t been wearing a mask so much in the last 10 days or so, I really wonder if I would have gotten it,” Gohmert added. “You know, moving the mask around, getting it just right, we’re bound to put some virus on the mask that I sucked in. That’s most likely what happened.”

While wearing a mask incorrectly can expose a person to the virus, experts say it primarily spreads person to person.

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      1. Did you read the first part of my comment? Texas has almost 4 times the population as New York! You might expect us to have more cases! Given our population, we have a lower case/population percentage ratio. New York is still more heavily infected!!!

      1. Madmike, K1Dpr and maga-being the drama queens that you are won’t change facts. Why are you so angry all the time? You have zero power over events you have no control over. The male versions of Karens.

        1. Not angry, just tired of the leftist media promoting yellow journalism. Trying to spin people up with sensationalistic headlines that while technically correct, don’t tell the proper perspective. Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst would be proud.

        2. The only drama bitch here is you vendido. What power do you have? You are just part of alberto muerto and can’t even control your bowel movements. You are the female version of a madrota.

          1. Dumbass mierda Alberto can’t even control his 60 schizo psycho personalities. Obviously Daniel Flores is one of them.

    1. We wonder why you are so stupid. Texas deaths 6200. New York deaths 33,000. Texas has a higher population than New York. Yup all under control in New York. What a moron!

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    1. Mira quien esta moviendol la cola, el pinche alberto muerto. Baboss del paso y el canal. Tu eres el mantenido en el section 8 y yo soy el mantenido? Mamame la verga desgraciado y no estes hablando de tu marrana madre asi. Ve chapale el hueso al comrade turner, tu novio.

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