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If Texas were a country and not a state, it would rank among the ten countries with the most total coronavirus cases.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the data also showed that the second most populous state in the United States exceeded 1 million cases on Tuesday.
Texas was the first state in the United States to record such cases. California followed closely with 991,162 cases. Florida has 852,174. The remaining states have records below 600,000.
According to state data, as of Wednesday, 6,779 patients in Texas had the coronavirus. More than 18,800 people have died from the coronavirus in the state.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country is fighting the most widespread surge, a record number. The United States recently recorded 10 million cases, which means that “lone star” states account for approximately 10% of all cases in the United States.
It is also worth noting that Texas has not yet exceeded 1 million case dashboards. According to data from the Texas Department of Health Services, as of Wednesday, 985,380 were recorded.
Morgue in El Paso
El Paso County in Texas is one of the worst-hit areas in the United States
According to a report in the Texas Tribune, the hospital was crowded with COVID-19 patients, and the county called in 10 mobile morgues to accommodate dead bodies. The Ministry of National Defense sent a medical team to help in early November.
The El Paso area, located near the border between western Texas and Mexico, According to state data, 40% of people recorded in hospitals tested positive for the virus, with Texas being the highest.
Texas public health reporter Bonnie Petrie told NPR on Tuesday: “The influx of patients into the emergency room has overwhelmed the hospital. Local officials there had to carry four mobile morgues in response to death.” But this is not just an urban issue. Small towns and communities across Texas have also been hit hard.”
The latest report from the University of Texas at Austin shows that more people are infected with the coronavirus in Texas prisons than any other prison system.
The report pointed out that “the death curve in Texas prisons has been consistently high”, with 231 coronavirus-related deaths in prisons. Most of the dead have no life imprisonment and can be released on parole. About 80% of the dead were not convicted.
The lead author of the study, Michele Deitch, an expert on criminal justice policy, said in a statement: “COVID-19 has caused devastating effects on prisons and prisons in the United States, especially in Texas. influences.”
The data “shows an urgent need to take measures to reduce the additional risk of death from COVID in Texas prisons.”
The researchers said the death toll may be higher than the number found in the report. Some people in jail died of not being tested for coronavirus or died of “COVID-19 worsening their condition.” The report also said that some people may have died after being released.
The report said: “Due to the high rate of prison population loss, individuals may be infected with the virus in prison, then released, and then die outside.” “Some prisons may deliberately release people at risk of death, so the death is not Will be recorded as a prison death.”
Wear a mask
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized the importance of masks, which are one of the strongest recognitions of the effectiveness of masks. The organization emphasized that wearing masks can not only prevent the spread of asymptomatic coronavirus, but also prevent infection.
However, as Petrie of Texas Public Radio explained, people are very resistant to wearing masks, especially in rural areas.
She gave an example: “For example, in rural areas like Kerr County, the mandatory regulations on masks have encountered a lot of opposition. In these areas, the issue of mandatory masks is often seen as an issue of freedom and freedom.”
As the pandemic spreads, many people have experienced pandemic fatigue and relaxation precautions.
“In July, everyone wears a mask. That’s 100%. If someone is not wearing a mask, you may feel their gaze-and you will see people like to pick up their shirts and cover their noses,” according to the ” The Texas Tribune reported that Galveston County Health Authority, Dr. Philip Keizer, said in an interview in late October.
But now, some people wear masks, and some people pull them under the nose or chin, which makes them ineffective. He said that occasionally there will be public resistance.
“In many cases, our personal freedom will be compromised for greater interests. Fastening a seat belt is one of them. Driving speed limit is a kind of. Put children in the stroller of the car,” Will Ray Dr. Keto said. Kerr County. “All of these are contrary to our personal freedom, but we do this because we realize that they can save lives.