After Texas lifted its lockdown orders on May 1, more than 1,000 new daily COVID-19 cases were reported for five consecutive days, according to The Hill.
From the data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services, 1,179 new cases were reported on Tuesday, leading to a total number of 41,048 confirmed cases.
While Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned states against reopening before seeing a consecutive 14-day decline in daily new COVID-19 cases, Texas Governor Greg Abbott stuck to the reopening plans without meeting the benchmark.
- On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-TX) warned cities to not enforce stricter pandemic restrictions than the first phase reopening guideline mandated by the state government. The first phase will run through May 18.
- Paxton emphasized that the state government’s reopening orders supersede any stay-at-home order issued on the city or municipality level.
Paxton said in a statement:
Unfortunately, a few Texas counties and cities seem to have confused recommendations with requirements and have grossly exceeded state law to impose their own will on private citizens and businesses. These letters seek to avoid any public confusion as we reopen the state. I trust that local officials will act quickly to correct any orders that unlawfully conflict with Texas law and Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders.