Texas Sees Record-Breaking Number of Coronavirus Hospitalizations as State Continues to Reopen

Visitors to the River Walk in San Antonio pass a reopened restaurant on May 18. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says bars and bowling alleys are on the list of businesses that can reopen at 25% beginning Friday, and restaurants can increase to 50% capacity as the state continues to go through phases to reopen.
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Texas reported a record-breaking number of COVID-19 hospitalizations Monday as the governor plans to reopen more businesses and double capacity.

Texas Department of State Health Services figures show 1,935 people were admitted as hospital patients for coronavirus-related treatment. That is up from a previous record of 1,888 on May 5.

The department’s new figures were released as Gov. Greg Abbott moves forward with a plan to open bars, restaurants, amusement parks and other businesses to 50% capacity.

Abbott led most of the nation’s governors in allowing Texas to lift statewide stay-at-home orders and urging businesses to reopen at limited capacity on May 1.

But even in states where officials left stringent restrictions in place, the number of newly diagnosed cases are rising. About 20 states, including California and Arizona, have also reported a rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, state leaders have come under increasing pressure to restart the economy.

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SOURCE: NPR, Vanessa Romo