So much wrangled we needed another pen. The first one, yesterday, is here.
From Angela Valenzuela of the Ed Equity, Politics, and Policy in Texas blog:
Late breaking COVID update just now in the Austin American-Statesman. Not covered, however, are the South Texas counties getting hit by COVID. According to the Corpus Christi Caller Times and The Monitor out of McAllen, the virus is impacting the following cities: Mercedes, Mission, La Joya, McAllen, Donna, Alamo, and San Juan -- that is, in Hidalgo and Cameron County.
In my West Texas hometown of San Angelo, as of two days ago, 20 have it while many others are getting tested.
And from her link to the AAS:
More than 1,153 people are being treated for COVID-19 in Texas hospitals, an increase of more than 300 people from Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference Monday.
His latest news conference comes after the coronavirus’s death toll in Texas surpassed 100 over the weekend, rising to 140 fatalities Monday, according to the latest data from the Department of State Health Services. The daily count is a 13-person jump from Sunday and a 50-person increase from Friday.
More than 85,000 COVID-19 tests have been given in Texas, a 20% increase from the day prior, according to Abbott. Less than 10% of those have tested positive for the virus, he added.
Abbott for the first time on Friday revealed the number of ventilators — a life-saving device for critically ill patients — available for use statewide: 8,741. By Monday, more than 6,000 ventilators were available, but Abbott said 7,350 anesthesia machines with ventilators “could be used if needed.”
In its daily count Monday afternoon, Department of State Health Services reported 702 fresh cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The state’s total of known cases is 6,812, an increase of 464 cases from the day prior.
Now, 157 out of 254 Texas counties are reporting cases of the coronavirus.
Harris County has 1,395 cases, the most of any county. Dallas County follows with 1,112, and Travis County comes in third with 418, according to agency data.
Much of the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas and lower parts of the Panhandle still have no known cases of the coronavirus, according to the department’s data.
Here is an interactive dashboard from the Department of State Health Services (very cool), and here's some maps. The Texas Signal has a few charts. And here's more on the effects of the contagion in the RGV.
"We're scouring the world." The Texas border population is particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, but despite governor's pledge, cities and counties are scrambling like mad to find tests, even as the dead pile up.— Jeremy Schwartz (@JinATX) April 3, 2020
W/@lomikriel for @propublica Texas.https://t.co/NmVV1fzneC
.@monitornews: Cameron County’s shelter-in-place order has meant the closure of farmer’s markets, farm workers afraid to go to work and a barrage of extra labor for farmers who must harvest and sell much-needed produce underneath a broken supply chain. https://t.co/2cTSEhAVk2— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) April 6, 2020
Diabetics are at higher risk for coronavirus complications.— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) April 7, 2020
In the Rio Grande Valley, where COVID-19 testing is particularly sparse, about one in three people have diabetes.
That means hospitals there could be quickly overwhelmed. https://t.co/o1qHFOfeUy
Those who are concerned about the spread of the virus in immigrant detention facilities at the border -- and in Houston -- have plenty to be worried about.
COVID-19 is lurking along the Texas-Mexico border. As suspicious illnesses begin to appear in migrant camps, close proximity, unhygienic conditions, and travel remain inexorable parts of daily life there. https://t.co/yADQHIVOOp— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) April 6, 2020
Families Fear For Their Loved Ones In #ICE Lockup, As Guards Test Positive For #COVID19 @houstonpubmedia @HTXimmigration @Imm_Judges_NAIJ @FIELHouston @RAICESTEXAS #hounews https://t.co/JFftsDxLVU— Elizabeth Trovall (@elizTrovall) April 2, 2020
With respect to the incarcerated population in Houston and surrounding ...
#LATEST: A District Court judge has ordered a halt to the release of any inmates from the Harris County Jail as directed by Harris County Judge Hidalgo earlier this week#Houston #Texas #TexasNews #news #breaking #HOUnews https://t.co/G58Z9rR0Zu— MyTexasDaily.com (@mytexasdaily) April 4, 2020
The emotional burden of outlawing women's reproductive freedom is exacting a painful toll.
Abortion in Texas illegal again amid ricocheting legal battle https://t.co/LDQap5hgyK— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) April 1, 2020
This game that Texas and the courts are playing with real people's reproductive health care and mental health is ... really not fun. @palexa_dria reported what's happening on-the-ground in Texas at clinics for @Rewire_News: #txlege https://t.co/WkAeDWs8oU— Tiffany Diane Tso (@tiffanydian) April 3, 2020
Domestic violence cases have seen one of the largest increases on the police blotter. And the overt rage toward Asian Texans worsens.
Stabbing of Asian-American 2-Year-Old and Her Family Was a Virus-Fueled Hate Crime: Fedshttps://t.co/gumJRRcBwv— Dee (@Deedee4Bernie) April 3, 2020
Those with the least always seem to be hit the hardest.
Facing financial hardships from the coronavirus, undocumented workers in Texas won't receive unemployment insurance, $1,200 federal checks and many don’t have health insurance.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) April 4, 2020
But they are finding some aid from grass-roots groups.
By @dallasnews: https://t.co/Y1OqpTzRu6
And the state flexes its authoritarian muscle at the Sabine.
Texas DPS begins screening travelers at checkpoints on roads heading from Louisiana, where state police say "the screening of vehicles applies to all roadways crossing into Texas including interstates.” https://t.co/Q0N8OTvN9l #txlege #coronavirus #Louisiana #TexasCoronavirus— John Gravois (@Grav1) April 6, 2020
Meanwhile, Zoombombing troubles the more fortunate.
The chances of cyber and phishing attacks are greater than ever now that many people are working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic: https://t.co/QFUMCfpRDP— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) April 3, 2020
And the undercounting of us all means we will pay some price -- likely a heavy one -- for the pathogen through the next decade.
How important is this year's Census? “In Texas, if we are undercounted by 1%, a conservative estimate is that we will lose $300 million per year for the next 10 years.” https://t.co/FFjWoNWSMZ— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) April 1, 2020
So it's important to find some bright spots among all these dark clouds, and I have a few here that I hope will help.
This story, from LareDOS, about the missing history of the Revilla Rebels, and specifically the Gutierrez de Lara brothers, provides us what public school texts do not: a pre-1836 Texas history that upends the TXSBOE's Anglo Saxon-slanted Sam Houston/Stephen F. Austin narrative.
Environment Texas gives links to explore nature online.
Clay Robison at the TSTA Blog prefers to trust the experts over the blowhards. In that vein, Better Texas Blog highlights the role of policy in fighting hunger during a crisis.
Shari Biediger at the Rivard Report notes the surge in sales of baby chicks as egg prices have risen.
And The Bloggess wants you to remember you are not alone.