On the identical day, Greg Abbott pronounces he has COVID, Texas has requested 5 hearse trailers from FEMA
Texas is the county’s largest red state. Because of this, many of its residents have refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Governor Greg Abbott certainly didn’t help. Like Ron DeSantis, his Florida counterpart, Abbott is more focused on making the virus a culture war issue than actually doing anything about it.
And the falls are skyrocketing in both places. In fact, 40% of new cases across the country come from either Texas or Florida. Things took a dramatic turn for Abbott on Tuesday when the governor announced he had COVID-19. Interestingly, the state requested 5 new hearses from FEMA on the same day.
The hearse was often seen in the early days of the pandemic, when states like New York and California saw thousands of cases. They were not expected to be needed again after the vaccine against the disease was introduced.
FEMA spokesman Douglas Loveday told the Washington Post: “We don’t know of a place that needs this now due to COVID, but part of a response is preparing for what could happen. Since we knew that it would take a few weeks for these to arrive, we wanted to make the request. “
Abbott, who is vaccinated against COVID-19, is being treated with Regeneron. Whether this new disease will change its stance on containment efforts remains to be seen.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.