In case you’re wondering why Governor Abbott — who was opposed not only to a state-wide mask mandate but also to letting localities issue mask mandates — issued a statewide mask order, take a look at these charts:
The number of cases in Houston continues to grow.
Which is leading to an increase in the number of patients using ICU beds.
At the current rate of increase, Houston will have to shift to phase 3 of its surge plan on 7/15.
As the number of COVID patients continues to climb, ICU capacity continues to get stretched.
The data is from the Texas Medical Center’s website.