from Conservative Review:
The worst Texas coronavirus increase? On the BORDER
When New York and New Jersey were the epicenter of the serious coronavirus cases in March and April, nearly every state posted signs on highways requiring residents of those states to quarantine for 14 days. Yet no such order was given to those coming into Texas’ border counties, even as Tamaulipas, Mexico, became a hot zone in late May and early June. In fact, to this day, even as Texas has placed severe restrictions on its own citizens, there is still no closure of the international border. Why is cross-border travel more sacred than cross-state travel?
The pattern we are seeing now with the virus is remarkable. As cases rise, primarily as a result of universal testing and milder cases among younger people, deaths continue to plummet every week. However, there is one exception. We are seeing serious cases in border counties and even an increase in deaths. How is it that after America reached its peak in April, we are seeing higher deaths again – but only at the border? The answer is that cross-border travel is so pervasive that Americans likely brought back Mexico’s much later epidemic curve, which, unlike this current mild wave in the interior of our country, is more serious.
The border connection is irrefutable
Consider the following information a friend prepared on Twitter from the Texas dashboard data by county:
- Hidalgo County, Texas, which contains the main international border crossing in the Rio Grande Valley, experienced a 641% increase in cases per thousand residents from June 1 to July 2. Harris County (Houston), by comparison, experienced just a 167% increase, which is more in line with the rate of increase in testing.
Here is Dallas County: This chart represents the number of COVID cases per 1,000 residents. On June 1 Dallas County had 3.74 cases per 1k residents. On July 2 it had 8.00 cases per 1k residents. This is a growth rate of 114% pic.twitter.com/j4AY2GTqv3
— wyatt (@wyattsheepie) July 3, 2020