HELP US SPREAD THE FACTS – SHARE! To provide necessary context for reporting on COVID-19, TPPF has created The Snapshot in our Daily Cannon. Here are the facts you need to fully understand COVID reporting:

  • Texas has the most COVID recoveries in the U.S.
  • Texas has the lowest COVID fatality rate of the most affected states.
  • Texas is tied for 15th lowest COVID Fatality rate in the U.S.
  • Texas is averaging more than 50,000 COVID tests per day.
  • Texas has the 32nd lowest COVID case rate in the U.S.
  • Over 91% of confirmed COVID cases are not hospitalized.
  • The COVID hospitalization rate is at its lowest point in over a month.
  • 22% of Texas’ hospital beds are available.
  • 58.9% of Texas’ ventilators are available.
  • 1.3 million more unemployed Texans since February.
  • Texas’ economy fell by 2.5% in the first quarter of 2020.
  • 98.8% of Travis County residents don’t have the virus.
  • 99.0% of Harris County residents don’t have the virus.
  • 99.0% of Bexar County residents don’t have the virus.
  • 98.7% of Dallas County residents don’t have the virus.
  • 99.1% of Tarrant County residents don’t have the virus.
  • 18% of beds and 58% of ventilators are available in Dallas County.
  • 17% of beds and 50% of ventilators are available in Harris County.
  • 22% of beds and 65% of ventilators are available in Travis County.
  • 13% of beds and 50% of ventilators are available in Bexar County.
  • 18% of beds and 58% of ventilators are available in Tarrant County.

While many seem to suggest that Texas is in bad shape, they aren’t telling the whole story. The fact is Texas is one of the safest places to be during the pandemic. We should all be cautious, but we are not in the desperate crisis and overburdening hospital beds like many in the media and officials claim.

Sources:

Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Cast Count, New York Times

Texas Covid-19 Data Resource, Texas 2036