Texas has hit an all-time high in new coronavirus cases, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, as he made the rounds on local television stations around the state.
Gov. Abbott had this warning: “take caution and stay indoors whenever possible.”
Texas recorded more than 5,000 new cases on Tuesday.
Texas has surpassed the previous high of 4,430 on Saturday. The seven-day average is now nearing 4,000, up from about 1,500 two weeks ago.
The state is seeing a major increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations that began as businesses reopened last month and has accelerated since Memorial Day weekend and the recent policing protests.
Health officials say cases have particularly peaked among younger adults, who have healthier immune systems than older Texans but are still susceptible to death or prolonged illness.
“We want to make sure everyone reinforces the best safe practices of wearing a mask, hand sanitation, maintaining safe distance, but importantly, because the spread is so rampant right now, there’s never a reason for you to have to leave your home unless you need to go out,” Abbott said on KBTX. “The safest place for you is at your home.”