“The most important thing I could convey today is that even though the Covid-19 number has improved, he has not left Jefferson County, he has not left Orange County, he has not left the state of Texas,” the governor said. Greg Abbott said.
Infection and hospitalization metrics are improving in the state, but are “still very high,” he said. To set up businesses and run, Texans must lower and maintain the positivity level below 10% and adhere to safety precautions.
Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames said at a news conference with Abbott that the blaze in July followed people leaving their guards while the state reopens. And rising levels of positivity may now be the result of the same thing, Abbott said.
“There ̵6;s a reason why this is happening, I believe, and it’ s some people who feel if they’re alone with family members – even if there ‘s 50 family members – they can leave their guard down,” Abbott said. “And that turns out not to be the case.”
The next reopening in the state will be for the new school year; and although local leaders will decide how and when to return, officials have worked to provide schools with the personal protective equipment and sanitation needed to stay safe, he said.
Positive tests between the start of a new school year
School buildings have reopened across the country, and even new cases of coronavirus among students and staff have been reported in places where in-person instruction has resumed.
In Ohio, more than a third of students in Ohio, with a total of about 590,000 children, will return to full-time learning, Gov. said Tuesday. Mike DeWine.
But among the 101 largest school districts in the country, 63 will start the new academic year remotely for virus concerns.
Public schools in Elizabeth, New Jersey, had to scrap plans to return to classes and switch to virtual tutoring after more than 400 teachers notified the district that they could not return to campus due to “review of specific to health risks “.
Students have not yet returned to school in the Broken Arrow Public School District in Oklahoma, but 33 district employees tested positive last week, Supervisor Janet Vinson said Monday, according to Tulsa World.
Meanwhile, North Paulding High School in Georgia will announce plans to reopen Wednesday after reporting several cases of viruses and receiving criticism for a viral photo showing students – some wearing masks – walking in a corridor filled with school.
Rely on science – not politics, says Fauci
Although practices like wearing face masks are politicized, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that he has learned that to be a good public health leader in a crisis, one must break away from politics, rely on science and be as more transparent. .
“Completely withdraw yourself from the kind of political ventures that sometimes get into a major outbreak like this,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as he said he was honored with a 2020 Civic Leadership ward on Tuesday. in the evening by the Aspen Institute. “” You should stay away from this, guided by example, be completely honest and do not be afraid to say you do not know something when you do not know. “I find it to be a very good formula when dealing with a crisis.”
Even with polarization, every state in the U.S. spent at least one physical distance measure in March to slow the spread, said researchers from Harvard University and University College London. These measures worked, a new study was found.
Physical distance resulted in the reduction of more than 600,000 cases within just three weeks, according to the study, published Tuesday in PLOS magazine. If there had been no preventative intervention, the models suggest that up to 80% of Americans would have been infected with Covid-19.
“In short, these measures work, and policymakers need to use them as an arrow in their quivers to get to the top of local epidemics, where they are not responding to control measures,” said the study co-author. , Dr. Mark J. Siedner in a news release
Rushing, but not racing, towards a vaccine
A vaccine against the virus has been anxiously predicted, but health experts say the US will not rush it – even as Russia claims.
“We will demand that every vaccine in the United States be safe and effective and that compliance with the FDA is the gold standard,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan. adding that “this is not a race to be first”
Russia claims to have approved a “world-first” coronavirus vaccine, but is only in the first step of clinical trials, Azar said. And the data from those trials have not been made public.
Fauci has serious doubts that the Russia-approved vaccine is safe and effective, he told Deborah Roberts for ABC News.
“We have half a dozen or more vaccines,” Fauci said. “So if we wanted to take the opportunity to hurt a lot of people or give them something that doesn’t work, we could start doing it, you know, next week if we wanted to. But that’s not the way. it works. “
If the U.S. eventually approves a vaccine from Moderna Inc., the company will produce and ship 100 million doses after reaching a $ 1.525 billion deal with the Trump administration, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Moderna is one of the few companies that produces the vaccine “at risk”, as the industry calls it, meaning the company is currently making the vaccine before it is approved. Clinical trials are now being conducted to test whether it is safe and effective.
Lauren Mascarenhas, Meridith Edvard, Dave Alsup, Kay Jones, Rebekah Riess and Andrea Kane contributed to this report.