Lawmaker: All of Texas should stay at home to stem COVID-19


Virus doesn't stop at county lines, so regional mandates aren't enough, Rodriguez says

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — An El Paso lawmaker is urging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso

“I strongly support the executive orders issued last Thursday, but it is apparent that many are not heeding those orders, and further action is needed to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in our state,” state Sen. Jose Rodríguez, D-El Paso, wrote in a letter to Abbott today. “We continue to see exponential growth in the spread of the virus, and given the current limitations on who is able to get tested as well as the scarcity of testing kits and PPE, it’s likely that the numbers for the confirmed cases to date represent a significant undercount.”

Texas does not have enough hospital beds to support an influx of patients, and health experts say taking action now is essential to avoiding the potential collapse of our health care system, he said.

“Many large counties and cities are taking action to protect their residents. However, viruses don’t stop at city limits or county lines,” wrote Rodríguez. “Eventually, COVID-19 will spread to every county in the state, and this patchwork of local orders will not be effective. It is imperative that the state take bold action now to stem community spread.

“We can rebuild our economy; we cannot get back lost lives.”

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