Texas has failed to meet key criteria designed to guide the reopening of the state, even as Gov. Greg Abbott pushes to lift more public health restrictions, a Houston Chronicle analysis shows.
Mark McClellan, one of the chief medical advisers on Abbott’s strike force and a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, listed key criteria in late March for rolling back the reopening, including being unable to properly trace the source of new infections, a sustained rise in cases for five days or coronavirus patients overwhelming the hospital system.
A Chronicle analysis of public data shows the state is in good shape in terms of hospital beds, but the number of new cases is continuing to climb. Since April 24, when Abbott first started rolling back restrictions put in place to control the virus, Texas has seen a 55 percent increase in new cases per day.