Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb said the recent “explosion” of COVID-19 cases in his city could be due to relaxed social distancing mandates and now regrets “abandoning the guard”.
“The notice to let the guard down was from about March through Memorial Day. We had a test of 2.5 to 3 percent that was positive on the tests we did. So we felt good because we were taking everything Had control, “McComb told The Daily Briefing on Thursday.
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“But we probably had over 100,000 people on the beaches on Memorial Day weekend. That meant they went to the grocery stores, restaurants, department stores and everything. High school and college degrees in the area … and I think we just had the feeling that we are fine. Then the spread has really started. “
On Thursday, Texas officials reported 9,507 new cases and 173 more coronavirus deaths. In total, the Lone Star State has more than 361,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, more than 10,000 hospital stays and 4,521 deaths.
On Wednesday, Corpus Christi reported 502 new cases, bringing the city’s total to 9,607 and 116 deaths.
“It’s just an explosion. We’re doing everything we can to reduce it. Once that’s in the community, of course, it’s difficult. We’ve closed our beaches, the bars closed. We have curfews on our beaches at night, from sunset to sunrise.” “he explained. “We really focus on getting people to wear their masks.”
McComb said he was hopeful last week when his city’s numbers began to decline, but Wednesday’s 502 new cases threw him on a loop.
“We had an uptrend yesterday. But last week we were down to 100 in the 200s,” he said. Yesterday – I can’t explain, we had 500. I don’t know if that’s because of a new batch of test results thrown at us all at once or in a day-to-day business. “
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When asked if he plans to reopen schools in the fall despite the continued spike in cases, McComb said he had instructed independent school districts to postpone their personal tuition option until after Labor Day – and stressed that it will Can change date.
“September 8th. So this will be the first day you can have classes in school. You can go online or go virtual if you want,” he said, “but class has been pushed back.”
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“We’re doing everything we can,” he added. “I personally have an interest in it. My mother is a school teacher. My wife is a school teacher. I have 13 grandchildren,” said McCabe, vowing to “work closely with them.”