Republican States Texas and Florida Confirm ’NO More Lockdowns'
Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants to rely on data-driven hospitalization metrics
Two of America's biggest Republican states, Texas and Florida, have announced there will be no more lockdowns.
The news comes as Democratic-run states move to issue more lockdown amid a 10% increase in coronavirus cases.
According to NBC News, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he wants to focus on ‘working to heal those who have Covid' by helping them to leave hospitals and return to normal routines.
The governor's spokesperson said his plan to slow the spread would rely on doctors' and medical experts' data-driven hospitalization metrics.
The following statement was issued by the spokesperson for Abbott’s office, Renae Eze:
As some communities experience a rise in hospitalizations, the state of Texas is working closely with local officials to quickly provide the resources needed to address these spikes and keep Texans safe.
The state’s coordination efforts go hand-in-hand with enforcing the existing protocols, a strategy that proved effective in slowing the spread over the summer and containing COVID-19 while allowing businesses to safely operate.
The protocols work, but only if they are enforced. The reality is, COVID-19 still exists in Texas and across the globe, and Texans should continue to take this virus seriously and do their part by social distancing, washing their hands, and wearing a mask.
These best practices, coupled with the governor’s metrics to monitor COVID-19 hospitalizations and local enforcement of protocols, are key to mitigating this virus and keeping our communities and our people safe.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also signaled he would no longer be shutting down his state.
“Today we are back down to 4,500 [cases] and a 7.3% positivity rate,” a spokesperson for Gov. DeSantis told CBS12 News.
“We believe yesterday’s high number was due to a large submission file and skewed the numbers for that day."
"The Governor will not lock down and hurt families who can’t afford to shelter in place for 6 weeks.
"Especially not for a virus that has a 99.8% survival rate."
"One area of concern is Assisted Living Facilities.
"Since those over 70 faces the greatest threat from [COVID], the governor is monitoring those numbers daily and is prepared to move therapeutic and prophylactic assets to those facilities as needed.”
The news comes a week after South Dakota's Republican governor, Kristi Noem, promised to reject any national lockdown orders.
Gov. Kristi Noem's office said last week that it would not enforce a federal lockdown or mask mandate after one Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's advisers, floated the measure.
The communications specialist for Noem, Ian Fury, said in a statement to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:
"It’s a good day for freedom."
Meanwhile, Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted nationwide lockdowns, arguing that the elites are pushing for more restrictions so they can usher in "The Great Reset."
Carlson pointed to calls from Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who is calling for "more masks, more quarantines, more limits on travel, more restrictions on who you can eat with and who you can touch."