Texas has 2,000 virus patients in hospitals for first time

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Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Jordyn Kiedas wipes down a chair at the city owned waterpark in Grand Prairie, Texas, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has surpassed 2,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients for the first time.

But Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that “everything remains largely contained” as the state prepares to lift more restrictions this week.

It marked the second consecutive day of Texas reporting a new high in hospitalizations.

Abbott told Dallas television station KTVT that he was concerned but not alarmed and says thousands of hospital beds remain available.

Texas began reopening faster than much of the country and is continue another phase of rebooting Friday by allowing restaurants to resume service at near capacity.


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