Texas Reopens as Virus Numbers Hit 3-Day High

One expert warns that 'we should expect' a spike in coronavirus cases
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2020 3:55 PM CDT
Updated May 3, 2020 4:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – Texas is reopening its economy as coronavirus case numbers remain high, and the media isn't letting it go. NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reports that Texas marked its first three-day stretch of over 1,000 new cases Saturday as stores, movie theaters, and restaurants reopened to limited capacity. In fact 1,300 new cases popped up, the state's second-highest toll for one day, with 31 fatalities, marking the first Lone Star stretch of four days with 30-plus deaths—although that was down from a 50-death high on Friday. Gov. Greg Abbott, who let his "stay at home" order expire, says case numbers will likely rise due to increased testing. For more:

  • 'Scared': "Everybody is scared," says Austin Mayor Steve Adler, a Democrat, per NBC News. "Obviously the economy is hurting and people are looking to see what happens next, but no one knows what's going to happen with the governor's actions."

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