Nearly 80 Texas counties have opted out of Gov. Greg Abbott’s mask or…

However, the city changed its stance after Abbott’s order.

“I believe the vast majority of [people] were already wearing masks, and certainly were doing so in areas that they could not social distance,” Ducay said. “And I believe that effort is continuing throughout, and our business owners and our citizens recognize that wearing masks provides a benefit in our ongoing fight with COVID.”

The resistance comes as officials in the state’s biggest cities continue to push Abbott to issue more restrictions. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, for example, has called for the authority to issue a local stay-at-home order.[3]

“If the rate that we’ve been seeing the last week and a half continues to increase at the same rate, it will get to a surge level in our hospitals probably by mid-July,” said Dr. Philip Huang, director of the Dallas County health department.

Huang added that as long as everyone is making use of them, face masks will be key to allowing businesses to further reopen and potentially slow down the spread of coronavirus.

But to Reed, the Armstrong County official, asking residents to wear a mask is enough.

“We’re a small rural county, we’ve got 2,000 people, and I don’t see anybody taking unnecessary risk with that,” Reed said. “There’s people who wear a mask in certain settings. Everyone’s wearing a mask. People can. And they’re encouraged to.”


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