Washington – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Sunday warned that his city’s hospital system is close to being “overwhelmed” with patients in the middle of a spike in confirmed coronavirus cases.
“If we don’t take care of this virus quickly, in about two weeks, our hospital system could be in serious, serious trouble,” Turner said on “Face the Nation.”
Texas is one of 40 states experiencing a peak in coronavirus cases and has laid plans for a phase resumption of its waiting economy. Turner said in Houston, one in four people tested positive for coronavirus, up from one in ten people just a month ago.
“This virus is an addict to gender equality. It will lead to anyone coming near it,”
Turner attributed spikes in coronavirus cases in Houston to a reopening that continued too quickly.
“From the beginning, when we started to open too fast and when you put it on top of everything else, all the other activities that took place and people started to re-socialize, you started fueling the virus. And that’s when the number started to increase,” he said.
Like Texas, Florida is also among the states that see a significant jump in the number of coronavirus infections, and local leaders there have begun to reintroduce restrictions on companies to mitigate the spread of the deadly disease.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez said on Sunday that he believes the exploding numbers in Florida and Miami-Dade could be attributed to youth rallies and protests that erupted in response to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in late May.
“My residents also kind of released around the end of May, early June, and even some of the protests we had here I think contributed to that,” he said on “Face the Nation.”
To stop the spread of the virus, Giménez expanded the city’s order to wear a mask, which now requires one all the time, and closed its beaches on the Fourth of July weekend, as well as facilities where people can gather such as movie theaters and movie theaters bowling alleys.
“The virus is not harmless,” Giménez said.
Florida reported on Sunday that there are more than 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state and 9,999 new cases among residents. In the United States, there have been more than 2.8 million confirmed cases and 129,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.