I really thought that was the goal. 

Did I miss a memo?

Courtesy of The Daily Beast

During a private call on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott admitted that “every scientific and medical report shows” state reopenings “ipso facto” lead to an increase in novel coronavirus cases, even as he publicly announced plans that same week to end an executive stay-at-home order in the state.

“How do we know reopening businesses won’t result in faster spread of more cases of COVID-19?” Abbott asked during a Friday afternoon phone call with members of the state legislature and Congress. “Listen, the fact of the matter is pretty much every scientific and medical report shows that whenever you have a reopening—whether you want to call it a reopening of businesses or of just a reopening of society—in the aftermath of something like this, it actually will lead to an increase and spread. It’s almost ipso facto.”

“The more that you have people out there, the greater the possibility is for transmission,” Abbott said on the call, which a spokesperson confirmed was authentic on Tuesday. “The goal never has been to get transmission down to zero.”

Okay maybe it is not the Republican’s goal to get this down to zero transmissions or keep the death rate as low as possible, but I am pretty sure the Democrats are focused on doing just that. 

And Greg Abbott was certainly correct about what would happen when he reopened Texas, even a little bit. 

Courtesy of The Hill:

After instituting a stay-at-home order on April 2, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott allowed it to expire on April 30. All retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls were allowed to reopen May 1, with limited capacity.

One day earlier, the state reported 50 new deaths, the most in a single day during this pandemic, and 1,033 new cases of COVID-19, exceeding 1,000 for the first time since April 10.

On May 3, Dallas County reported 234 new coronavirus cases, its highest total to date.

Here’s more courtesy of the Texas Tribune:

The consequences of reopening closed businesses and some social and cultural life will be apparent in a month or so, but hot spots are flaring right now across the state. It’s evident that putting lots of people together can give the coronavirus places to thrive, spreading rapidly to new victims.

Earlier outbreaks among people in close quarters elsewhere foreshadowed what’s happening now in Texas, among them a nursing home in suburban Seattle, a cruise ship denied permission to port, a meatpacking plant in South Dakota, state prisons in Ohio and the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.

Situations like those are stacking up in Texas. The Texas Tribune has reported fresh examples of what can happen with the coronavirus in places where people are physically close together without sufficient protection against infection.

You know this might really bother most governors but I guess it is really no big deal to one who never had a goal of getting transmissions down to zero. 

Right, Texas?