Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021. The order allows businesses and other establishments to operate at 100% capacity, rescinds the statewide mask order (GA-29), and prevents local jurisdictions from penalizing failure to wear a face covering.
Daily hospitalizations declined from a 7 day average of 44 on March 10th to 36 on March 22nd or an 18% reduction.
Critics of Governor Abbott’s decision predicted that removing the mandate would cause another COVID-19 spike, despite the CDC study that showed mask mandates made less than a 2 percent difference in the daily death rates from COVID-19 and an even smaller percentage in case growth.
The number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 has been one of the best measurements of the size and severity of outbreaks across the United States—and one of the few indicators of the strain on local health-care systems.
According to the CDC, the median time to ICU admission from the onset of illness or symptoms ranged from 10 to 12 days. An increase in cases should result in an increase in hospitalization 12 days after cases rise.
Less than 9% of the county’s two hundred twenty-nine thousand residents are currently fully vaccinated.