Despite Judge Hidalgo's Repeated Demands, Economic Shutdown is Not Justified by New Data

Data shows very clearly that Texas Medical Center hospitalizations are flattening out

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – (Houston, TX) -  Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is strongly pushing back on the continued claims from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D-Harris County) that we need to enact another shutdown to fight the coronavirus in Texas.  Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) is also speaking out on this issue. The TMC data chart below on the right, and a Senate District 7 derivative chart on the left, shows that hospitalizations in the Texas Medical Center have been flattening out since June 28 and the slope of the Senate District 7 graph has gone negative.

"A Socialist's view that we should repeatedly shut down the Texas economy by enforcing a stay at home order is not supported by these facts,"  said Senator Bettencourt. "Doing so would have a tremendous negative effect on workers and businesses, especially as the PPP Program is slated to end early next month. Governor Abbott is right to resist these calls," he added
 
"As reported by KTRH, Texas saw around 10,000 deaths from the flu in 2017-2018, but mercifully by comparison, COVID-19 has only killed approximately 3,300 Texans," continued Senator Bettencourt. "Judge Hidalgo is wrong, we can fight this virus and keep the economy open at the same time," he added.
 
Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) stated in a recent Facebook post: "With a Covid-19 survival rate of nearly 99% across Texas (and fatality rates are even lower for those under 50) we can continue to build on the massive number of recoveries we are seeing in the data and not threaten the lives and safety of millions of Texans by further damaging the economy and the job market." He added, "We can do this!"
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