Texas surges past California to become state with most COVID-19 cases

first_imgStates like Texas, Florida, and Georgia’s Republican leadership scoffed at early prevention measures like mask mandates and shutting down indoor businesses. Since the initial wave of the pandemic hit our country in February, March, and April, these states have seen exploding numbers. Over the last two weeks however, Texas has surged to a positivity rate of 10.72%. The national average is 6.6%. Cars line up for Covid-19 tests at the University of Texas El Paso on October 23, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. - The city has seen a surge in cases, reporting over 1,150 new cases on October 22. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)Testing site in El Paso, TX, on Oct. 23, 2020More than 29 million people live in Texas. The state’s cases per 100,000 population is 3,269.84. By comparison, California—home to more than 39 million people—has a rate of 2,371.56 cases per 100,000.Three days ago, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego tweeted: “The County is currently working on creating more space at our Medical Examiner’s Office parking lot so that we can get a 3rd mobile morgue unit. If that doesn’t put our situation into perspective I don’t know what will.” NPR reports that as of Nov. 3, it looks like El Paso has added a fourth “mobile morgue.” This is because as COVID-19 cases surge, death rates go up. They go up because resources and access for people become stretched thin, and Americans pay for this lack of infrastructure and leadership.- Advertisement – Will this reality have any effect on the close races of Republican duds like Sen. John Cornyn of Texas? It remains to be seen, but he has clearly felt the shift in his state from complacency to anger. – Advertisement –last_img read more