TEXAS COVID-19 UPDATE: The surge in Covid-19 case numbers in Texas aren't slowing down the state’s reopening. Yesterday Republican Gov. Greg Abbott prescribed an emphasis on face coverings and social distancing to curtail sobering trends, which include hospitalization rates that have doubled since Memorial Day. He says his goal is to keep the Lone Star state open, while slowing the spread of COVID-19. But if Covid-19 numbers continue to hit record highs, he’s not ruling out scaling back some of Texas’ reopenings.