Continuing to confirm a county health official’s statement that most who get the Chinese coronavirus will recover, as of Monday, 405,813 are estimated to have recovered statewide, 36 percent higher from earlier this month. While 9,983 of Texas’ population of more than 29 million have tragically died from the virus, the number has thankfully remained low, raising questions about why statewide government mandates remain in effect.

Data from Texas’ urban counties show recoveries from the virus continue soaring while deaths remain low, further confirming what Richard Hill of Tarrant County Public Health previously told Texas Scorecard: “The fact is that most of the people who get COVID-19 will recover.”

Data from Bexar, Denton, Tarrant, and Travis counties continue to confirm Tarrant Public Health Director Dr. Vinny Taneja’s report that those over 65 are at “high risk” from the virus. He added those with underlying conditions as well, which Tarrant’s data continues to support.

Dallas County doesn’t track recoveries. “We’re not going back and contacting everyone to see if they have recovered. But … if we know they have passed away, then the other ones probably have recovered,” said. Dr. Philip Huang, Dallas County Health and Human Services director.

Texas Department of Health and Human Services is estimating recoveries based on some of Huang’s metrics. As of numbers posted today, they estimate 47,044 have recovered—second only to Harris County—compared with Sunday’s report of 825 deaths among their population of over 2.6 million.

Huang told Dallas commissioners that the virus has an incubation period of four days.

Despite these encouraging numbers, Texas is under a statewide mask mandate, families are banned from being with their special-needs children who are in state-supported living centers, and families are having difficulty visiting their loved ones in hospitals.

Voters concerned about the mask mandate, other mandates, or another shutdown may contact their elected state representative, state senator, and Gov. Greg Abbott.

Robert Montoya

A former filmmaker, University of North Texas graduate, and one-time assistant language teacher, Robert Montoya misses Japan and the 1980s. He is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard.

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