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Winter storm delayed Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement to reopen businesses 100%, lift mask mandate

SAN ANTONIO – The winter storm two weeks in the past that induced the catastrophic failure of the ability grid in Texas delayed Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement of reversing his statewide pandemic orders.

During an unique interview Wednesday on the KSAT 12 6 O’Clock News, Abbott mentioned he had initially deliberate to make the announcement on Feb. 22 however had to delay it due to the winter storm. Instead, the governor mentioned he had to wait till Tuesday, which triggered criticism from political opponents and residents who mentioned he needed to divert consideration away from the ability grid disaster.



Abbott mentioned the storm induced an enormous quantity of vaccines from being delivered and given to senior residents, which delayed key well being metrics that he mentioned wanted to be met in order that he might transfer forward together with his plans.

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“We wanted to make sure we had at least 50% of them (senior citizens) got vaccinated before this order went into effect. So, we had to delay from the last Monday of February until the effective date of what we announced simply because of the delay and the arrival of the additional vaccines that we wanted to make sure that would be available that would achieve our goals,” Abbott mentioned.

The governor mentioned the truth that 229,000 Texans acquired vaccinated Wednesday and the state additionally recorded its lowest hospitalization and virus positivity charges in 4 months, is a transfer in the appropriate course.

“All the metrics are lining up in a way that shows that Texas is safer than ever before, and most importantly, those who are most likely to face severe consequences from COVID are now largely protected,” he mentioned.

The governor mentioned greater than 7 million Texans will quickly be vaccinated, and “you’re gonna see that it’s going to be very hard for the disease to be spreading anymore.”

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Abbott mentioned that he consulted with Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt and Dr. John Zerwas, government vice chancellor for well being affairs for the UT Health System, earlier than making his resolution.

“These are doctors who agree with this decision because of these metrics,” Abbott mentioned.

Abbott mentioned it’s additionally vital to observe that Texans have had a year to cope with pandemic and at the moment are educated on how to shield themselves from the virus.

“They don’t need a state mandate to tell them what to do,” mentioned the governor, who added that residents want to preserve making use of secure practices to forestall the unfold of the virus.

Abbott mentioned that, in accordance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, greater than one-third of Texans have contracted the virus and have recovered and have the innate skill to have the ability to defeat the illness.

Abbott mentioned that, though he’s “extremely confident that we won’t see a resurgence” of COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations, his order permits an automated set off of an instantaneous discount in business capability to 50% in any of the 22 hospital areas within the state that go above 15% of all hospital beds for seven consecutive days.

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He added that county judges within the hospital areas even have the authority to implement measures that will assist mitigate the unfold of the virus if the hospital rate skyrockets.

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