On June 26, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered bars to close again and restaurants to reduce their capacity back to 50%. In addition, he shut-down river-rafting which is speculated to have caused a significant rise in cases in Hays County and banned outdoor gatherings of 100 people or more. Since June 12, Texas restaurants have been operating at 75% capacity and bars at 50% capacity.
The CDC recommended states to refrain from re-opening until they see a downward trajectory of confirmed cases and positivity rate of 20% or less for 14 consecutive days. Texas did not meet these recommendations before re-opening.
The number of Covid-19 cases in Texas grew rapidly since entering phase1 of re-opening on May 1 and on June 25, the state set its record again on both positive cases and hospitalization rate which prompted Governor Abbott to scale back on his re-opening plan.
Governor Abbott stressed the importance of staying home unless absolutely necessary and while reluctant to mandate face masks statewide, he recommends Texans to wear them in public. There are numerous studies conducted domestically and internationally that prove face masks are effective in preventing the spread of Coronavirus. According to Dr. Christopher Murray, the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, wearing masks can reduce transmission of the virus by 50% and if 95% of Americans wore face masks in public, 33,000 deaths could be avoided by October 1. IHME's grim new model projects nearly 180,000 deaths in the US by October 19.
In addition to wearing face masks in public, it's important to continue to maintain a social distance, wash hands and disinfect high-touch surfaces with a disinfectant often. ATX Environmental Solutions offers high-touch disinfection service that you can easily incorporate into your existing cleaning procedure using SteraMist.
With its 6-log kill rate, SteraMist eliminates 99.9999% of pathogens compared to Clorox Disinfecting Bleach which has a 3-log kill eliminates just 99.9% pathogens(read about log kill rates here). If your home or your business has been exposed to the Coronavirus, be get the proper help you need from a professional disinfection service provider asap to contain and prevent further contamination.