Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the spread of COVID-19 “rampant” in a press conference on Tuesday, with the state adding 5,489 new cases in one day. He said Texans should stay home unless they have a good reason to go out. Statewide, there were 28 deaths reported on Tuesday and a record 4,092 current hospitalizations, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Dallas County reported 445 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and seven deaths, and the county has more than 1,000 hospitalizations due to the disease for the first time, KERA reports.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced Dallas Forward on Tuesday, a program to help small and medium sized businesses impacted by the pandemic. The program includes financial assistance, business coaching, and PPE if needed. WFAA has more.
Leaders around the state are warning that urban areas are on the brink of disaster with the increasing case numbers and hospitalizations, saying Texas reopened too soon. There have been major jumps in case numbers, hospitalizations, and ICU beds due to the virus around the state, The Texas Tribune reports.