COVID-19 cases and Texas hospital admissions continue to see a downward trend more than two weeks after the state scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity.
On Saturday, the seven-day COVID positivity rate in Texas hit an all-time low of 5.27 percent, while hospital admissions fell to their lowest level since October, according to the latest state data.
2,292 new cases were reported in the state, an average of about 500 fewer than last week, and 107 new deaths.
The number of people admitted to hospital with the coronavirus has now dropped to 3,308.
The latest figure marks a significant drop in the number of hospital admissions in the state, which had risen above 14,000 for a few days in January.
COVID-19 cases and Texas hospital admissions continue to decline 17 days after it dropped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. Pictured: A group of friends gather for drinks at a bar in Austin on March 10
TEXAS: Texas Tech students watch Texas Tech and TCU play an NCAA college basketball game without masks earlier this month
2,292 new cases were reported in the state, an average of about 500 fewer than last week, and 107 new deaths
The drop comes 17 days after Republican Governor Greg Abbott ended the statewide mask mandate and other COVID-19 security measures.
Abbott took to Twitter on Saturday to celebrate the state’s progress, saying, “Today, Texas hit an all-time low for the 7-day Covid positivity rate: 5.27%. It has been below 6% for 5 days and below 10% for a whole month.
Covid hospital admissions fell again – now at their lowest level since Oct. 3. Vaccinations continue to increase rapidly. ‘
It comes a day after Texas saw the largest daily number of vaccines given to Texans, with 342,849 people vaccinated Friday, Abbott said.
The state also announced that it will make all adults eligible for vaccinations against the coronavirus on Monday.
Republican Governor Greg Abbott took to Twitter on Saturday to celebrate the state’s progress
Abbott was harshly criticized after announcing earlier this month that he would roll back the restrictions. President Joe Biden at the time (right) dismissed the step as ‘Neanderthal thinking’, warning it was a ‘big mistake’
A year after the crisis, politicians and ordinary Americans alike have grown tired of the rules designed to stop the spread of COVID that has eroded their livelihoods.
Abbott had received harsh criticism from Democrats earlier this month after brushing aside warnings not to relax COVID-19 restrictions and allow businesses to operate normally.
One of his biggest critics was President Joe Biden, who denounced the move as a “Neanderthal thought” and warned it would be a “big mistake.”
‘I hope everyone realizes by now that these masks make a difference. We are about to fundamentally change the nature of this disease, ”Biden told reporters at the White House shortly after the announcement.
“The last thing we need is for the Neanderthal to think everything is okay in the meantime – take off your mask, forget it. It still matters. ‘
Biden and members of his government have begged Americans to wear masks and stay socially aloof while the country’s population is vaccinated against COVID-19.
Pedestrians walk down a street in Austin without masks after Texas scraps its statewide mandate
AUSTIN: Danny Hitchcock is training with a mask at Hyde Park Gym on March 10
The ‘Neanderthal dig’ was met with anger by Republicans, including Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, who also ended the state’s mask mandate this month.
“President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is ‘Neanderthal thinking,'” Reeves tweeted at the time.
Mississippians don’t need handlers. As the numbers decrease, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I think I think we should trust Americans, not insult them. ‘
White House press officer Jen Psaki later addressed the comment in a briefing saying that Biden had described “ the behavior of a Neanderthal. ” For clarity. The behavior of. ‘
“ Look, I think the president, what everyone saw yesterday, was a reflection of his frustration and annoyance, which I think a lot of American people have, that people have been sacrificing across the country for nearly a year now, ” she added add to it.
Former Trump campaign advisor Keenan Williams addresses attendees at a ‘Texas is Now Open’ party on March 10 in Parker, Texas
While the majority of Texans have embraced the governor’s decision, some local leaders say they plan to keep the mask mandate.
The City of Austin had said it would continue to enforce its mask rules despite Abbott’s orders.
On Friday, a Texas judge said it would allow the city to continue to demand facial coverage from local businesses.
District judge Lora Livingston’s ruling is at the very least a temporary victory for local leaders in the liberal capital who have repeatedly clashed with Abbott over his handling of the pandemic.
Facial covers have only been loosely enforced in Texas, which became the largest state to drop COVID-19 restrictions earlier this month.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to appeal the ruling.