Archive for June 16th, 2020

I don’t know about you guys, but we are no better off today than we were at the beginning of this pandemic.

Gov. Greg Abbott has been ineffective as our leader during this crisis.  He’s doing a lousy job.  Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff asked for authority to mandate face masks and he was denied by Abbott.  Now this from the Statesman:

Gov. Greg Abbott scolded Texans in their 20s for letting their guard down, saying they’ve refused to wear face masks or practice social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“What we’re seeing there is that people of that age group, they’re not following these appropriate best health and safety practices,” he said in an interview Monday with Lubbock’s KLBK-TV. “They’re not wearing face masks, they’re not sanitizing their hands, they’re not maintaining the safe distancing practices. And as a result, they are contracting COVID-19 at a record pace in the state of Texas.”

Abbott did not provide any evidence of an increase in infections among 20-somethings during his TV appearances Monday. However, Texas has seen a steady increase in new COVID-19 cases each day and a recent spike in statewide hospitalizations.

Hours later, Austin officials rebuked the governor for not giving local officials the authority to enforce face masks or other social distancing measures.

Former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, a key decision maker in the area’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, called the governor’s ability to grant face mask enforcement for local officials “low-hanging fruit.”

If the Governor is not taking this seriously, why should anyone else?

Then there is this.  H-Town is going to have the Fourth of July Fireworks.  There won’t be a concert.  Still, that means folks will gather together and violate social distancing rules.  At the park off of White Oak in my ‘hood.  In parking lots nears the site.  You get the not so pretty picture.  If you ask Commentary, it should have been cancelled.  Not good.

There is a story in the Chron today about restaurants in H-Town having to shut down after reopening because employees tested positive for COVID-19.  I am not surprised.

Which leads us to this from CNN:

A closely watched model that predicts Covid-19 deaths is now forecasting there will be more than 201,000 deaths in the United States by October 1.

The projections continue to show that the fall is going to be difficult, with a sharp rise in daily deaths forecast in September and October.

Last week, the model, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, predicted 170,000 deaths for this same time period. The model was often cited by the White House early in the pandemic and is one of 19 models currently featured on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

As of today, the model projects that 201,129 people will die from Covid-19 in the US by October 1, with a possible range of 171,551 to 269,395 deaths. Ali Mokdad, one of the model’s creators, said they’ve raised the number of projected deaths for two reasons.

“Increased mobility and premature relaxation of social distancing led to more infections and we see it in Florida, Arizona, and other states. This means more projected deaths,” Mokdad told CNN in an email. “The second part is that we are now projecting to October 1st, which means that an increase in this wave will results in our starting point for the second wave (more seeding), so the second wave will be higher and we are capturing parts of that. Remember second wave starts at the end of August early September.”

That’s roughly 85,000 more folks over the next 3 ½ months.

Don’t worry.  H-Town will step up and do its part.

I will say it again.  Protests are also a factor.

It is not going to get any better.  I just hope it doesn’t collapse.

That’s why I don’t get worked up about pro sports and stuff.

@TenDollars2Hate tweeted out that Ross Sterling, a former Texas Governor who also ran Humble Oil in the last century was a Klan member according to a Chron report that ran in 1923.  He supposedly brought the Klan to Baytown to clean-up illicit activity.

Commentary went to Ross Sterling High in Baytown.

MLB and NFL players are testing positive for COVID-19.

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