TEXAS – While many Texans have been self-isolating and staying home, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state and throughout the country continues to grow.
Over the last two weeks, Texas has managed to double the number of hospital beds available to coronavirus patients but medical professionals say they still lack enough protective gear to deal with the pandemic. Medical supplies have been requested from the federal government but state officials are saying they’re still waiting for the supplies to make it to the Lone Star State.
At the end of last week, the CDC changed its previous recommendation and is now asking all individuals to wear some kind of mask when out in public. However, it is asking citizens to save medical-grade masks and personal protective equipment to be saved for health care workers. You can learn how to make a DIY, no-sew face mask here.
Last week also marked the end of a 10-year hiring streak in the United States. More than 700,000 jobs were cut in March alone and the unemployment rate jumped to a 50-year low of 4.4 percent.
Two Texas nursing homes have reported coronavirus outbreaks, one in San Antonio where more than 70 residents and staff are sick and another in Texas City where more than 80 are also ill.
The CDC is currently advising that people avoid close contact with those that are sick via social distancing. It also advises avoiding touching your face and to wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Nationwide, the CDC is reporting more than 304,000 cases in the U.S. as of Sunday at noon. According to an internal count collected by Spectrum News, there are more than 6,100 cases in the state of Texas.
There have been approximately 127 deaths in Texas due to COVID-19 as of April 6.
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