Gov. Abbott Hints at Relaxing COVID Restrictions As Numbers Plummet

COVID numbers continue to drop in Houston and around Texas, but still no word from Gov. Greg Abbott when he might relax his restrictions.

The governor last week said more announcements are likely "coming soon," possibly allowing restaurants and other businesses to increase capacity.

Here in Harris County, Judge Lina Hidalgo insists we must stay the course.

“I know folks are exhausted, we've been at it a year. But the way the virus spread hasn't changed, so wearing that mask and not gathering with folks outside the household, that's the way to do it,” Hidalgo said Monday.

Harris County remains in the "red" though numbers have fallen off significantly since the New Year. The county reported 276 additional cases of COVID as of Monday, along with a 13% positivity rate. That's down from 20% earlier this year.

The city of Houston on Monday reported 547 new cases and five deaths. The city's positivity rate is 12.7%.

“If we were to say alright come one come all, it's time to encourage more gatherings once again, those hospitalization numbers would begin to climb up yet again,” says Hidalgo.

“We've basically done this roller coaster that is still incredibly high when you compare it to other places in the rest of the world, so right now, unfortunately the message needs to continue to be please don't gather with members outside of your household.”

Calls seeking comment from the governor's office and state health officials were not returned.

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