Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday took a victory lap over his state’s low coronavirus case numbers – and a day last week without a single death – rejecting the harsh criticism he received for lifting all COVID-19 restrictions in March.
Abbott, a Republican, touted his state’s pandemic response on “Sunday Morning Futures” with anchor Maria Bartiromo.
“The numbers just continue to improve. To put all of this in context, from the very beginning many businesses remained open,” Abbott said of his state’s pandemic response. “In March, we had the entire economy open up 100% and no more masks. And, of course, President Biden and the Democrats railed against it. … Other Democrats said that I had issued a death warrant.
“We continue to have a decline in deaths after we opened up 100%, until we reached that mark of a day with zero deaths. And hospitalizations continue to go down even more,” Abbott added. “Yesterday was the lowest positivity rate that we’ve had on record during the history of the entire pandemic. And so it shows that the right move was to make sure that we did open up, get things back to normal.”
Today Texas reported:— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 17, 2021
* 0 Covid related deaths–the only time that's happened since data was tracked in March, 2020.
* the fewest Covid cases in over 13 months
* the lowest 7-day Covid positivity rate ever
* the lowest Covid hospitalizations in 11 months.
Abbott also praised the strength of the Texas economy, saying that it had been ranked the best place to do business by CEO Magazine and that the state has as many job openings as it does people seeking unemployment. That is part of the reason why Texas withdrew from boosted federal unemployment benefits, the governor said.
Texas was among the first states to end mask mandates and social distancing restrictions as vaccines began to be readily available. The move generated significant pushback from Democrats and the media. President Biden called the decision “Neanderthal thinking.”
Yet Texas’ coronavirus case numbers steadily declined after Abbott lifted the restrictions, reaching a zero-death mileston… (Read more)