Blog Post Date: July 31st, 2020
Blog Post Last Update: Aug 31st, 2020
Texas is a state in the South Central Region of the United States. It is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population.
Capital is Austin. Population is 29 million. Governor is Greg Abbott (Republican)
Relevant links to COVID Data Analytics site
Case and Death Patterns by State
Red States v/s Blue States
States, counties setting cases and deaths records each day
Cases and deaths records for each state
Details of Cases and deaths by state / county
Texas is third in total cases
Texas is ninth in total deaths
Not in the Worst performing states by cases and deaths per million and death percentage
- It is a big state which outside the big cities is not densely populated. (NY, NJ, CT, MA and other North east states suffered more beacuse of this factor)
- It is 15th worst in cases per million
- It is 28th worst in deaths per million
- It is 38th worst in death percentage (1.48%)
Texas is flagged as having a Critical Threat Level by COVID ActNow website
- High risk factors: Daily new cases, ICU Capacity and Contact Tracing.
- Infection rate is below 1. But this is something that needs to be monitored closely as a value above 1.0 would indicate the disease is still spreading.
- Infection rate was above 1.0 last week and maybe the use of masks and some social distancing has started to help.
- Masks need to be mandated and bars and restaurants and beaches must all be shutdown to get a handle on this thing.
How are the 254 counties doing?
- Texas has 254 counties. The most in the country
- 37 counties have a weekly case growth of 100% or more compared to last week.
- 50 counties have a weekly case growth of 100% or more compared to two weeks ago.
- 15 counties have a weekly case growth of 1000% or more compared to four weeks ago.
Cases and Deaths records at the state and county levels
- Almost every other day Texas is breaking either its own cases record or its deaths record.
- We now routinely have 10,000+ cases and 150+ deaths every day
- We also have 15+ Texas counties breaking its cases record every day (10+ counties its deaths records)
At its peak New York had a few days where they crossed 10,000 cases a day (April 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 25th). A few days after that their deaths jumped from 11 (Mar 16th) a day to 1000+ (Apr 6th, 7th, 17th, 18th) a day. Its cases peaked at 11,434 on April 15th and its deaths at 1,081 on April 7th.
|Date Range||Case Range||Deaths Range|
|3/16 - 4/7||352 - 8060||11 - 1081|
So, Texas has had daily cases go over the NY peak cases of 11,434 several times already. It would be scary to see the deaths in Texas apporaching the New York peak (1081)
The stunning growth in cases in the last 4 weeks through out Texas has left many parts of the state reeling. This is beginning to look a lot like Italy (Lombardi), Spain, Wuhan, New York City or even New Jersey in March / April. ICU is near capacity in most places. Horrific stories are coming out of places like Houston, Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley etc.
Here are some of the headlines coming out of Texas:
A Texas county’s only hospital forced to choose “who is sent home to die as ICU beds near capacity
Texas hospital overwhelmed by coronavirus may send patients home
Inside A Rio Grande Hospital With No ICU During A COVID-19 Outbreak
One in four COVID-19 patients admitted to ICU 'now deceased' in San Antonio
The Texas COVID-19 Death Surge Is Here, and It’s Terrifying
The death toll in the Rio Grande Valley is forcing funeral directors to buy refrigerated trucks
- If Texas re-opens schools with the Republican Governor Greg Abbott not having the guts to say no to Trump to schools re-opening, heaven help us all. 15,000+ cases daily and 400+ deaths daily will be a common occurrence in Texas (100 Benghazis daily) leading up to fall / winter and the flu season.
- I don't want to speculate how catastrophic it would be if schools re-open and stay open and we don't have a vaccine until mid 2021.
- I hope common sense prevails and they learn from the deadly mistake made by Israel
Israelis Fear Schools Reopened Too Soon as Covid-19 Cases Climb
School and College Reopenings
A national database that tracks coronavirus-related school closings, quarantines, cases and deaths.
NATIONAL SCHOOL COVID database! A dedicated educator's local project, initiated out of anticipation of the upcoming academic year, has grown into a national database that tracks coronavirus-related school closings, quarantines, cases and deaths. #COVID19 https://t.co/XHgOKSIOQR— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) August 22, 2020
Covid-19 Is Creating a Wave of Heart Disease -daily reminder that there is so much more to #COVID19 than death
New CDC guidance says COVID rates in children is steadily increasing. (not ideal for schools reopening)
Perhaps not the time to reopen schools? https://t.co/Mh0nYwXLms— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) August 16, 2020
LONG TERM BURDEN after COVID hospitalization — “Anybody who needed to be hospitalized or needed ICU support will suffer disability afterwards.”
This is why it is so dangerous to send kids off to school in the Republican states where Case Positivity ratio is 10-20%. Millions of Americans will now have a lifelong pre-existing condition and if the Republicans win the 2020 election through voter suppression, shutting down USPS and colluding with Russia and China and Ukraine, these Millions of Americans are looking at bankruptcy. Vote Blue, as your life depends on it!
With a population of 328 million in the United States, it may require 2.13 million deaths to reach a 65 percent threshold of herd immunity, assuming the virus has a 1% fatality rate.
Let’s not try out this strategy. What if the virus has a 2% fatality rate? 4.26 million deaths is acceptable?
“With a population of 328 million in the United States, it may require 2.13 million deaths to reach a 65 percent threshold of herd immunity, assuming the virus has a 1 percent fatality rate.”— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 31, 2020
Let’s not try out this strategy. https://t.co/r27ynkJghl
As Per NYT, in #Texas, A&M has the most with 500 reported cases. UT follows with 483
NYT released a survey and interactive map revealing thousands of cases of Covid-19 in U.S. colleges and universities.
NYT released a survey and interactive map revealing thousands of cases of Covid-19 in U.S. colleges and universities. Here in #Texas, A&M has the most with 500 reported cases. UT follows with 483. Look up a school’s number of cases inside the link. https://t.co/9rzBAPGWQb— The New 93Q (@TheNew93Q) August 29, 2020
Trump and the Republicans come up with a plan to kill 2.3 to 3 million Americans
They complained that 4 Benghazi deaths were too many. Now they are signing off on Putin paying Taliban to kill American Soldiers and the genocide of 2-3 million Americans.
Good thing that they are pro-life. Imagine if they were the pro-death party?
BREAKING NEWS: Senior White House Official Tells CNN That "Everybody" in America Will Get COVID-19; White House Statement Is Consistent With Trump's Reported Desire to Execute a "Herd Immunity" Pandemic Response; Experts Say Such a Plan Would Kill Millions pic.twitter.com/DFEJbbV5Qc— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 28, 2020
Texas to release COVID-19 data for children in schools and childcare facilities
But will they really? Afterall it is a Republican Governed state. You expect fraud and deception!
Texas to release COVID-19 data for children in schools and childcare facilities https://t.co/xTguWp5fWB— 🇺🇸 Loyal American 🇺🇸 (@HonorJustLoyal) August 29, 2020
#Texas Christian #University has reported 444 active student cases of #COVID about two weeks after classes resumed at the Fort Worth college.
A week ago, there were 69 active cases among students and one active case among employees.
#Texas Christian #University has reported 444 active student cases of #COVID about two weeks after classes resumed at the Fort Worth college.— Corona Heads Up (@CoronaHeadsUp) August 28, 2020
A week ago, there were 69 active cases among students and one active case among employees. https://t.co/RGkLQoxMrj
Fort Worth, #Texas -- Texas Christian University's COVID-19 cases more than quadrupled in a week. Current outbreak is over 250.
Crowds of students walking toward the distant hum of house parties, not wearing masks or social distancing
Fort Worth, #Texas— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) August 27, 2020
Texas Christian University's COVID-19 cases more than quadrupled in a week. Current outbreak is over 250. Crowds of students walking toward the distant hum of house parties, not wearing masks or social distancing. #schoolsreopening https://t.co/zgGAjpaHT0
Texas A&M University launched its COVID-19 dashboard on Tuesday
Dashboard shows the university has had 358 positive COVID-19 tests among students, faculty and staff for the week of Aug. 16-22
Texas A&M University launched its COVID-19 dashboard on Tuesday, showing the university has had 358 positive COVID-19 tests among students, faculty and staff for the week of Aug. 16-22.https://t.co/y7S0tmHnEh— The Eagle (@theeagle) August 25, 2020
Texas A&M reports more than 400 cases of COVID-19 this month
Texas A&M reports more than 400 cases of COVID-19 this month https://t.co/cz0CtgIlCc— KENS 5 (@KENS5) August 26, 2020
Texas colleges already seeing COVID-19 cases as classes begin
Texas colleges already seeing COVID-19 cases as classes begin https://t.co/JDr5vFgbNg— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) August 25, 2020
What a surprise. Fraud in another Republican governed state
A spokeswoman for Texas' health department tells @HoustonChron that because of data errors, there is currently no way to know the state's true positivity rate — a key metric for state and local leaders deciding about reopening Texas schools
It is their way of saying we know that the rate is well above 10%, a dangerous level to be opening schools in, but we will anyway. Because Trump!
A spokeswoman for Texas' health department tells @HoustonChron that because of data errors, there is currently *no way to know* the state's true positivity rate — a key metric for state and local leaders deciding about reopening Texas schools https://t.co/JFEaG7Xhyb #txlege— Emma Platoff (@emmaplatoff) August 20, 2020
BUSTED: GOP senator’s ad on reopening schools uses video of ‘class’ in former Soviet state — where COVID is scarce.
Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican up for re-election this year, posted an ad in a Lone Star state, halfway around the world in Estonia.
BUSTED: GOP senator’s ad on reopening schools uses video of ‘class’ in former Soviet state — where COVID is scarce .— Managing Editor/Writer (@ICEINTERN) August 20, 2020
Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican up for re-election this year, posted an ad in a Lone Star state, halfway around the world in Estonia.https://t.co/crXJ7mprQc
Australia follows Israel's disasterous model; School reopening results in explosion of cases; 100s of schools now closing again
I live in Victoria in Australia, a state suffering a terrible COVID 2nd wave outbreak right now.— James Rooney (@Grungeholio) August 7, 2020
Schools opening were a key component in driving 2nd wave cases.
👇This👇 is what Wall St. servants like Schumer are condemning America to.
Dozens of teachers, students get COVID in 1st wk
Within 11 days of schools opening, dozens of students and teachers have gotten COVID-19: 'I truly wish we'd kept our children home' https://t.co/oRYAvcmVQF— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) August 7, 2020
7 year old dead in GA (Kids are not immune)
A 7-year-old has died of Covid-19 in Georgia, the youngest victim of the virus in the state, according to data compiled by the state health department.— CNN (@CNN) August 7, 2020
The boy was from Chatham County on Georgia's coast, and had no underlying health conditions. https://t.co/TF0tySH6B7
Even Germany closes 2 schools
Schools that open in the fall will close by October
Some teachers are retiring rather than go back to school
With no end in sight to the coronavirus, some teachers are retiring rather than go back to school https://t.co/D1QBQk2EFI— TIME (@TIME) August 6, 2020
CDC abdicates responsibility; will let kids get sick
"One of the things we've missed this year has been a strong voice from the Centers for Disease Control … I think this message of just open the schools without a real plan to do it safely is potentially very dangerous," Dr. Paul Sax says.https://t.co/1GsKx22Ec1— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 6, 2020
German schools test students twice a week
📍TESTED TWICE A WEEK—German school students get free #COVID19 saliva tests twice a week, with results emailed the very next day.— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) August 6, 2020
➡️ Oh, plus, this was back in May. Can we ask if we have truly done enough for our kids? https://t.co/027ciVpw61
Sec of State Ashcroft said he didn’t know a father who “wouldn’t risk getting COVID — even risk dying” in order to send children back to school
Trump learns nothing from 160,000 dead and wants to reopen Schools
Nearly 160,000 Americans have died in the pandemic, yet Trump has learned nothing about the coronavirus. His latest Fox & Friends interview proved it. https://t.co/2LbAbUB5EL— Vox (@voxdotcom) August 5, 2020
Covid-19 may spread more easily in schools than thought, report warns.
Covid-19 may spread more easily in schools than thought, report warns https://t.co/aANx0S2UcS— Guardian news (@guardiannews) August 5, 2020
Trump administration sticks to plan to reopen schools (and infect millions?)
Trump administration sticks to schools plan as U.S. nears 5 million coronavirus cases https://t.co/avrK4upyQe— Post Politics (@postpolitics) August 4, 2020
When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well.
The Israeli government, confident it had beaten the coronavirus, invited students back to school in May.— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 4, 2020
Within days, infections were reported at a Jerusalem high school. It became the largest outbreak in a single school in Israel, possibly the world. https://t.co/QYQKN3Vmu8
Trump criticizes Birx after she warns U.S. it is unsafe to reopen schools as coronavirus outbreaks are extraordinarily widespread
Live updates: Trump criticizes Birx after she warns U.S. coronavirus outbreaks are "extraordinarily widespread" https://t.co/7Z767wY8Ge— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 3, 2020
As the Coronavirus Comes to School, a Tough Choice: When to Close
Full story here by @smervosh and @ShawnHubler looking at when schools that open might have to shut down again. "As soon as you open classrooms, within two weeks, teachers and students will get sick," one expert told them. https://t.co/FhmNzx9rUh— Scott Dodd (@scottdodd) August 4, 2020
Ex FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb on MLB and Schools Reopening
"This is highly infections, and MLB didn't do what NBA did to put in place a really strict bubble," says @ScottGottliebMD. "It is a warning of what could potentially happen if we aren't very careful with the schools." pic.twitter.com/j1hKXQ1z7S— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) August 3, 2020
Teachers are writing their wills
"Teachers are writing their wills."— CNN (@CNN) July 13, 2020
A Texas high school teacher describes the anxiety among teachers about having face-to-face instruction in the fall, noting that the state's current education plan is "ignoring all the facts about how the virus works." https://t.co/keK6J9NGWl pic.twitter.com/2qqzMXufc9