Two Months After Biden Slammed Gov. Greg Abbott’s ‘Neanderthal Thinking,’ Texas Reports Zero COVID Deaths
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Two months after Gov. Greg Abbott was derided by Biden for ‘Neanderthal thinking’ after the Texas governor rolled back business restrictions and lifted the state’s mask mandate, Texas is reporting zero deaths due to coronavirus infection.
The Texas COVID-19 dashboard reports that there were zero “newly reported deaths” and 388 new confirmed cases statewide. It is important to note that this data reported to the State is preliminary in the sense that a handful of counties do not report data on the weekends anymore, so that data could potentially be backlogged to Monday.
Abbott said the case numbers reported Sunday were the lowest they’ve been more than 13 months.
The Texas governor also said the State reported the lowest seven-day positivity rate ever and the lowest recorded number of hospitalizations in the past 11 months.
Today Texas reported:
* 0 Covid related deaths–the only time that's happened since data was tracked in March, 2020.
* the fewest Covid cases in over 13 months
* the lowest 7-day Covid positivity rate ever
* the lowest Covid hospitalizations in 11 months.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 17, 2021
The results show that Biden, once again, offered an inaccurate and insulting assessment of an important domestic issue.
President Biden skewered Texas, as well as Mississippi, at the beginning of March for relaxing lockdown measures, accusing state officials of “Neanderthal thinking.” At the time, Abbott had announced that businesses would be allowed to operate at full capacity – even though some health experts cautioned at the time that dropping preventative measures could lead to a spike in cases.
I think it’s a big mistake,” Biden told reporters, following the announcement from Texas. “Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now, these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms.”
Since then, however, caseloads nationwide have dropped as more Americans are vaccinated.
But when your policy analysis is based on memes and soundbites, poor results should be expected.
But to be fair to Biden, even the “experts” are flummoxed that the Red State approach is working so spectacularly.
Public health experts have been left scratching their heads as largely conservative states like Texas and Florida reopened early against their advice, with little consequence, while liberal states like California and New York maintained mask mandates but saw persistently high Covid case rates.
But as vaccinations ramp up, the playing field is leveling out and coronavirus cases and fatalities are ebbing nationwide.
The U.S. recorded fewer than 17,000 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday for the first time since the pandemic took hold in America in March 2020.
‘Today, for the first time since the pandemic began, pandemic cases are down in all 50 sates,’ said President Joe Biden in a Monday press conference.
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