Texas Sees Record Jump In COVID-19 Deaths 2 Weeks Into Reopening

Texas Sees Record Jump In COVID-19 Deaths 2 Weeks Into Reopening

Summary:

  • Trump sits for interview with Maria Bartiromo
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down stay at home order
  • Maryland to start reopening Friday
  • French government ‘incensed’ by Sanofi offer to give vaccine to US first
  • Singapore reports another 750+ cases
  • Japan starts using remdesivir on COVID-19 patients
  • Burundi latest African country to boot WHO
  • UK minister defends timing of nursing home lockdown
  • Spain sees ‘center’ of outbreak shift from area surrounding Madrid to Catalonia
  • Update (1750ET): Two weeks into Texas’s reopening – its the largest state that’s allowed restaurants, retailers, movie theaters, malls and most other businesses to reopen (so long as they comply with certain heavily encouraged social distancing guidelines) – public health officials just reported the largest single-day jump in deaths yet.
Source: Houston Chronicle
Source: Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle reports that the state recorded 58 deaths yesterday, breaking the record of 50 deaths set late last month.

Texas reported its highest number of deaths in one day since the coronavirus pandemic began.

New official state data released on Thursday showed Texas is now reporting 1,216 deaths — an increase of 58 from yesterday’s tally.

Previously, Texas had reported as many as 50 deaths once before, on April 30.

The spike in deaths comes as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been trying to re-open the state’s economy. Last week he allowed hair salons and barbershops to reopen and was planning to allow gyms to open next week. Before that he allowed restaurants, malls, retail stores and movie theaters to reopen at 25 percent capacity.

On Monday, Abbott was scheduled to announce whether the state had made enough progress to reopen restaurants, retail stores, theaters, and malls to re-open at 50 percent capacity.

While we’re certain proponents of the “stay home, save lives” mantra will frame this as a disaster, it’s hardly indicative of a major resurgence.

Update (1705ET): The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday issued guidelines to help schools and workplaces determine whether they are ready to open for business.

Bars and restaurants, for example, shouldn’t reopen until they can follow applicable state and local orders, and until they’re ready to protect people who are at higher risk for severe illness, the guidelines say.

Then they should encourage social distancing — add spacing of tables and stools; encourage drive-through, delivery and curb-side pick up; limit party sizes and occupancy; avoid self-serve stations; and restrict employee shared spaces.

Employers should check staff for signs and symptoms of illness as they arrive, “as feasible.”

Mass-transit operators should limit routes to and from high-transmission areas before increasing to full service, as well as space out passengers by closing every other row of seats, according to the guidelines.

Youth programs, camps, and childcare programs should change activities and procedures to limit shared toys and supplies, according to the guidelines.

An earlier version of the guidance was reportedly held back by the Trump administration as being too prescriptive, especially for states that have had lesser outbreaks.

Update (1424ET): Cuomo just announced that the NY DoH is now investigating 110 cases of the mysterious inflammatory and respiratory syndrome affecting children, only some of whom have tested positive for COVID-19 or viral antibodies.

Update (1400ET): There have been two notable coronavirus-related developments so far this afternoon:

A new study by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the University of Pennsylvania found that ordinary speech can emit small respiratory droplets that linger in the air for at least eight minutes and potentially much longer. These droplets are likely infectious, and help explain why the virus is so infectious in enclosed spaces like cruise ships and airplanes.

The virus’s ability to linger in the air has long been one of the most critical areas of study.

The report was published Thursday by the  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed journal. It is based on an experiment that used laser light to study the number of small respiratory droplets emitted through human speech.

The NIH has begun a trial for hydroxychloroquine and azythromycin (commonly known as a Z-Pak) that will test 2,000 adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms. A handful of prior studies have shown hydroxychloroquine alone isn’t very effect, but anecdotal reports that the drug, if taken with zinc or a Z Pak, can stop moderate symptoms from progressing to sever.

Cuomo on Thursday said once again that hospitalizations declined further and Central New York is getting ready to start reopening tomorrow.

NY’s death toll climbed to 22,157, up from 22,000, an increase of 0.7% or 157, slightly slower than the pace from a day earlier.

The latest numbers from Florida and Cali are also out:

  • CALIFORNIA VIRUS CASES CLIMB 2.8% TO 73,164; DEATHS RISE 3.3%
  • CALIFORNIA SAYS 3,032 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM CORONAVIRUS
  • FLORIDA COVID-19 CASES RISE 1.9% VS. PREVIOUS 7-DAY AVG. 1.6%

Cuomo added that 5 regions including central NY are ready to reopen tomorrow.

Meanwhile, protesters returned to Lansing and mobbed the Michigan capital, once again insisting that Democratic Gov. Whitmer must move more quickly to reopen the state. the day’s legislative session was cancelled, according to Bloomberg.

The gathering, which was called to demand the state reopen for business and end to the lockdown, followed a similar rally on April 30 that resulted in pictures of protesters clad in military-style gear and carrying long guns crowding the statehouse. Demonstrators were accused of taunting the police and were widely panned on CNN and MSNBC.

The shutdown was done with little fanfare at the end of Wednesday’s State Senate session. At around 4:30, lawmakers in the Republican-majority chamber simply adjourned until Tuesday rather than call the next previously scheduled meeting. The governor has ecen claimed to have received multiple death threats over her decision to stand by the lockdown and reopen cautiously as the state struggles with one of the worst outbreaks in the country.

And Italy continued to see a decline in the average of new cases and deaths.

Meanwhile, President Trump just reiterated that he believes the US will have a vaccine ready to go by the end of the year. To be sure, some professionals in the UK have anecdotally said a vaccine for health-care workers only might be ready by year’s end. But the most optimistic projections call for a mass produced vaccine some time during the late summer or fall of 2021.

Update (1000ET): Earlier, Germany reported the largest number of new coronavirus cases in five days as the government continues to gradually lifts restrictions on daily life. Of course, the government has repeatedly warned that it expected cases to climb and the spread rate to increase somewhat after reopening, but public health officials say they’re carefully monitoring the data.

Fortunately, even as the number of new cases climbed day over day, snapping a streak of declines, the rate of spread has actually declined, meaning Germany will continue with its gradual reopening as planned, Bloomberg reports.

Update (0940ET): President Trump just tweeted that America’s reopening effort is going great and the effort to develop a vaccine remains “very promising.”

Update (0840ET): While we continue to wait from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, President Trump is congratulating Wisconsin’s GOP-controlled state assembly over their latest win in a special election, as well as the state supreme court’s decision to strike down the lockdown – a landmark, precedent-setting decision that marks the first time a court in the US has struck down a lockdown order.

Trump also took a moment to gloat about his ‘record’ of endorsement victories (a figure we’re sure will be subjected to some pretty intense-fact checking).

The president also reiterated during an interview that he stands with Elon Musk in trying to push his workers back into the factory.

Adding about his “good friend” President Xi: “Right now, I don’t want to speak to him…We could cut off the whole relationship, if we did, what would happen?” Trump says of China. “You’d save $500 billion”. In addition to once again hinting at cancelling Treasury debt held by China, Trump also said he would prefer “a stronger dollar” – sending the greenback higher, as it marked an unusual u-turn from Trump’s typical insistence that rates are too high and the dollar is too strong.

As health authorities in Wuhan scramble to test as many of the city’s 11 million residents as possible after discovering a handful of new cases, in the US, more states are scaling back their ‘stay at home’ orders while President Trump tells Maria Bartiromo that he ‘disagrees’ with Dr. Fauci and believes the US should reopen schools sooner rather than later.

Prodded by Bartiromo, Trump said the US should “take a look” at Chinese companies listed on the NYSE and Nasdaq (maybe he can hire Carson Block to lead the investigation). Trump has threatened to push for the de-listing of Chinese companies from US exchanges in the past (most notably back in September).

Last night, we reported some late-breaking developments in the US: The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the governor’s stay at home order, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that the first big step toward reopening would begin Friday at 5pmET.

Liberals are about to lose their minds on Thursday as fired government scientist, bureaucrat and now “whistleblower” Rick Bright, who ran a tiny federal agency responsible for doling out testing grants to private drug companies, pivots from accusing Trump of unfairly funneling money into hydroxychloroquine research to warning that the US isn’t doing enough to suppress a “second wave” of the virus that isn’t expected until later this year.

The US faces the “darkest winter in modern history”, with “unprecedented illness and fatalities”, unless federal officials develop a more “coordinated” virus response.

Around the world, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has passed 4,444,444 as it closes in on 4.5 million. The number of new cases confirmed on Wednesday was down slightly from the prior day.

As it struggles to manage its gradual reopening, the French government was incensed earlier this week by pharmaceutical giant Sanofi’s promise to supply early vaccine samples to the US. On Thursday, the government declared it was “unacceptable” for a French multinational to give the US copies of the vaccine before it had been distributed in France. Imagine the fuss Trump’s political opponents would probably make if he issued an order like this (though it would certainly play extremely well with the president’s base).

Here’s some more background on that from WaPo:

The government pushback came after comments that Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson made Wednesday.

“The U.S. government has the right to the largest pre-order because it’s invested in taking the risk,” Hudson told Bloomberg News. The United States, Hudson said, expanded its investment in the company’s vaccine research in February and thus expects that “if we’ve helped you manufacture the doses at risk, we expect to get the doses first.”

With the British economy just beginning to reopen, the FT reports that almost half of active UK businesses expect their cash flow to dry up within the next six months, according to a survey from the ONS. Meanwhile, British Health Minister Edward Argar (note to Americans: this is a different governmental role from the one held by Health Secretary Matt Hancock) defended the conservative government’s decision to lock down care homes, saying it couldn’t have acted sooner because there wasn’t yet “evidence of community transmission.”

In Spain, the number of coronavirus-linked deaths climbed on Thursday, even as the overall trend pointed to a slide, as the epicenter of the country’s outbreak moved to the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Spain’s health ministry reported 217 coronavirus deaths (data is reported with a 24-hour lag), the highest number in six days, and up from 184 the day before. That brought Spain’s official death toll to 27,321, although this excludes cases where people were not tested for coronavirus, likely leaving out many deaths in Spanish long-term care homes. During the last week, the number of deaths reported was down nearly 20% from the prior week, while the number of new cases reported fell 30% to 4,064. However, the distribution of new cases suggests the center of the outbreak is moving away from Madrid and toward Catalonia and its capital, Barcelona.

As the virus spreads unimpeded in Brazil, the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has dismissed the virus as a “little flu” has repeatedly tested negative, according to official sources.

Back in Asia, Singapore on Thursday counted 752 new infections as the outbreak among mostly migrant workers living in packed dorms continues to spread. Only 2 of those cases were Singaporean citizens, which is about on par with previous releases.

As the number of new cases slows in Japan, PM Shinzo Abe’s government revealed Thursday that it had begun treating patients with remdesivir, the experimental antiviral produced by Gilead that has been heralded by Dr. Fauci as the most promising treatment available right now – though he and even Gilead itself warned that much more research is needed to determine the drug’s actual efficacy in treating the virus.

Finally, in Burundi, government officials followed the Tanzania and kicked out a WHO official who had warned about the risks stemming from crowded political rallies, the Washington Post reported.

Get ready for something similar to transpire later this year when Trump pushes to re-start his famous campaign rallies.

via zerohedge

20 comments

  1. I do not see how many of those 58 new deaths were ill with the virus prior to the reopening. That is a very important fact that should be included in this data otherwise this is just another fear mongering story.

  2. Considering the sources of most of the information given here, I find it hard to believe this is actually a conservative site. No mention that the largest percentage of deaths in Texas were from one (1) correctional facility.

    1. I would like to see a “comparison” to determine how many deaths were from the “regular” flu, or are they “grouping ” these numbers together, to make this virus seem more dangerous so the panic to the public will keep on going. I have read (and heard) that no matter WHAT a person dies from, that will be recorded as a “wuhan flu” death to “fudge’ the numbers.

  3. When I see FACTS like this: “Update (1750ET): Two weeks into Texas’s reopening – its the largest state that’s allowed restaurants, retailers, movie theaters, malls and most other businesses to reopen (so long as they comply with certain heavily encouraged social distancing guidelines) – public health officials just reported the largest single-day jump in deaths yet.”
    -I know what that means! It means social distancing works, because number that had been going DOWN suddenly go UP when you stop social distancing. Simple as that! So, unless you think it’s okay to kill MORE people, maybe we ought to NOT open up for a little longer????
    Seems logical to me!

  4. When the protocall in procedure for a person with symtoms that match covid 19, says dont give any treatment, send the person home for quarantine for two weeks, even though we have been informed of a treatment plan thats over 90% afective and the pharmacies refuse to give out a doctor’s precribed medication because the doctor refused to tell the diagnosis in order to protect the doctor / patient confidentiality. The treatment consists of a shot that costs abuot 13 dollors and a prescription that costs about 20 dollars. Is being stone walled , and not being used cause the directed medical protocol says otherwise. You have to ask why or who is behind the medical directive, and just what is the agenda behind whats really going on, what are we not being told. Are we being manipulated with incorect information to create panic in the masses, and keep america closed to force our economy to fail, the democrates believe thats the only way left to them to beat trump in the upcoming election. And the big pharmaceuical companys stand to make billions when they come up with a vaccine for a vaiation of the common cold. Anyone that has had a cold in the last five years, will test posative for the viruse. Another reason not to trust the numbers we are being given. Not to mention the false positives with the test they are using. Wake up, think about who will profit from what we are being scared into beliving. Ask yourself how many people do you know that show any signs of being sick, did they get better. When somebody knocks on your door and tells you that you have been exposed, so we are removing your children from your home for there protection, are you going to just let them take them away from you?

  5. How many of the virus victims had gone into restaurants or other place of business and caught the virus there?

  6. This is fake news . Knowledge of the pattern disease would indicate that those individuals did not die from lockdown lifting. The media throws out info without giving important clinical information and medical history.

  7. I BELIEVE WE NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY OF THOSE 58 DEATH USED ANY OF THE BUSINESS THAT WERE OPEN. ALSO MY CONCERN WERE THESE PEOPLE WEARING A MASK? WHEN I WAS SHOPPING AT WALMART THE MAJORITY OF SHOPPERS WERE NOT WEARING A MASK. THE MAJORITY OF THEM FELL IN 2 CATACORIES, HISPANIC AND BLACKS. THERE WERE ONLY A FEW WHITES NOT WEARING MASK. WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO ABIDE BY THE RULES THAT WAS MADE TO PROTECT US. I CONTACTED THE STORE MANAGER AND HE WOULD NOT INFORCE THE MASK REGULATION, I FEEL THAT HIS CONCERN WAS THE MONEY HIS STORE WOULD LOSE IF HE POSTED HIS STORE WITH A SIGN THAT STATES NO MASK, NO SERVICE. I ALSO CALLED THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THEY SAID THEY WOULD LOOK INTO IT. I,M NOT GOING TO HOLD MY BREATH ON THAT.

  8. They didn’t mention if they had symptoms before the opening and if elderly from care facilities etc. Of course they want to blame it on the re-opening, on the governor and President. They and media need to stop spreading more fear, the governors and congress need to write out a waver that we will agree to sign and take sole responsibility for our own actions if we contact the covid-19 virus and fall ill or die, we or any of our family members will not hold the government liable for our own actions. This way we live our lives the way we choose, we can go back to work, school,church, open shop, eat out, etc..Or have the choice to stay home and still free load off the government like the Democrats want us to keep doing so that China can take over the USA and own it. Let’s get off our butts and get back to work, and take our own changes.

  9. Stop the bullsh… and sign a wavier stating if we die we die. Instead of threatening our rights to work and go on with our lives. if anyone chooses to stay in doors for another 3 to 6 months or even years, Please by all means go for it no one is forcing you to work or go outside. But don’t say that because we want to go on with our life’s and work etc… that we are choosing to get people sick and die what a stupid comment. Of course we ( me) do not want others to die but we can’t keep living like hermits under the Democrats control and they keep draining our economy, Really come on wake up and do your research, Obama had us in debt 20 Trillion, the highest numbers of american’s not working and(the media on Dem’s) covered his sorry As.. We make all kinds of excuses that if we go to work we can bring the virus home to our families or vs/versa. These are dangerous times and we just need to be very careful and wear a mask, shield if needed, change clothes before entering our homes,wash and disinfect hands, homes,cars,work place etc.. This pandemic that the CCP has thrown upon all nations will never go away just like the Sars, flu etc…

  10. People will be dying long after the re-opening because they had either already contacted the virus, or they had something like a heart attack that may have killed them. If they tested positive for the virus, it’s counted a virus death. How many new cases have they had since the reopening?
    I still don’t understand how you can test positive for a disease and not have any symptoms of the disease or even know you have the disease. I wonder if the tests are accurate.
    Also, the more people we test, the more cases we will have. That doesn’t mean we have more cases, we just found out about them.
    I have been laid of for over a month, but just got a notice, I am going back to work Monday. Couldn’t be happier.

  11. No way to know for sure these deaths are COVID-19 related, the media and hospitals exaggerate so much that we will never be sure all those 1,216 deaths were COVID-19!!
    I am 71 with diabetes, my belief is if it’s your time to die nothing you do will stop it, in 2015 I had major surgery and almost died twice but it was not my time as I am still here, people need to enjoy every day of life because tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone, I am thankful for every day and will not be told I can not go outside as the doctors say it is better for us to be outside than inside, we need sunshine, fresh air and exercise and to have fun worrying about dying is to stressful, stop thinking about it and go out and enjoy your life!!! OPEN OUR STATES people need to work and ENJOY LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS!!

  12. Any one with common sense and aren’t cowering would agree with Gene Pratt. If you are going to leave this world it makes no difference if you are hiding under your bed surrounded by doctors or driving down the road. If it is your time you are gone so enjoy every day as if it is your last and consider the here after and be prepared for. At age 23 I was told by a doctor I would not be alive to see 45. It wasn’t my time to go because I am 71 and God hasn’t taken me. These blow hart demorats and main stream lying media was blasting how many died of this virus when there was NO TEST available to diagnose this virus. Either there was lies about a test was available or there are lies about this virus which personally I believe there is a lot of B.S. going on. The natural death rate is down 15% from last year. There is the fountain of youth just discovered or all the heart attacks and cancer deaths are beginning to cease. Beware of the facts and don’t let these monkeys scare you to death.

  13. George Bailey is right, I live right outside of Houston & the Houston Chronicle is full of s_it…One particularly neighborhood and some prison units around Houston has had some deaths. More propaganda from Liberals who want a free ride during a crisis.

  14. Unfortunately, people die. Recently, the question seems to be “how many passed as a result of COVID19”? Personally, I believe (and have seen/heard) MANY deaths attributed to this disease which were of suspicious origin. We are currently in a Flu epidemic BUT you’d never know it from a “reported death” standpoint. Why have we NEVER shut the nation DOWN during a flu outbreak (??) and how many flu deaths are attributed to COVID19?? America, as we know it, is COMING APART as a result of the ‘shutdown’ — and for what?? We have operated through EVERY OTHER outbreak — it’s time we got OUT of this “politically motivated” shutdown and go BACK TO WORK. With little fan fair ALL essential jobs HAVE CONTINUED during this epidemic — it’s long past time to emulate their success !!!

  15. Of course death would be on the rise, especially if you denied people the medicine and on top of that people immune system have been low being in the house 🏡. This was a disaster being quarantined. It didn’t stop 🛑 spread or save any lives all it did was destroyed lives and flattened the economy.

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