The news in Texas involving the spread of the novel coronavirus keeps getting worse. In Kingsville and surrounding areas, the situation is not getting any better, and in fact, is starting to get more alarming. Locally, cases have shot up over 45% in the past week, and now even some of our public servants and law enforcement officers are contracting the virus.
Statewide, reported cases have soared to over 113,000 cases with almost 2200 deaths as of Monday. The numbers are continuing to rise, and we are part of the problem.
It is our opinion we all need to take heed of what is going on around us and take stronger action to follow the prescribed recommendations laid out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Wash your hands, wear masks, relentlessly practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer, avoid large gatherings, and stay home if you are sick. We editorialized on this subject last week, but apparently no one got the message or the memo.
Last week was the worst week we’ve had locally with regard to the number of cases in our county and area. We had eight cases in just a couple of days in Kingsville, and there was one more in Bishop.
In Driscoll, there was an issue. Over the weekend, it came out that one city employee in Kingsville had tested positive and one sheriff’s deputy in Kleberg County had the virus. Six other law enforcement officers are now self-quarantining because of their exposure to their fellow officer.
Folks, this is dangerous stuff we are dealing with. This is not a conspiracy theory being spouted to scare you or control you like some have said. This is science, and the pandemic is real. We have to take it seriously if we are going to overcome this threat to the public health and of our fellow citizens. We must follow the protocols laid out by the CDC and the DSHS.
We do not want to go back to the stay-at-home orders. The recommended measures of the CDC and DSHS, if followed, should allow us to cautiously keep our economy open. We need it to be open—but we can’t allow the pandemic to overwhelm us.
Local officials led by County Judge Rudy Madrid are taking the matter seriously. They have announced stronger measures to insure we protect each other as much as possible during this trying time, and we applaud what they are doing.
Judge Madrid has issued an emergency order requiring all businesses dealing with customers to have their employees wear masks and to have all customers entering a business establishment to have a mask on.
We need to follow the order. It is not much of a burden to wear a mask so we can protect our communities and ourselves. It is up to all of us to help each other, respect one another, protect each other and fight together to overcome the novel coronavirus. If we all do the right thing we can beat this and carry on our lives. It’s not rocket science. Just do it.