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As hospitals break records with regard to the number of new covid-19 patients admitted, they’ve also grown uncomfortably close to nearing capacity. Last week hospitals in Dallas hit more than two-thirds capacity, and the trend continues to point upward.

Yet, despite this, reopening plans have continued.

The general public looks to the state to take initiative in trying times such as these; we expect its actions to reflect the extent of the precautions we must take, but right now these conflicting numbers undermine public confidence.

The White House guidelines to reopening suggest that states maintain a downward trajectory in coronavirus cases or a downward trajectory in the percentage of positive test results over a two-week period before moving forward. Yet we have continued with opening plans. Why?

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