By Madyson Sanchez
Senior News Reporter
SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Hays County Local Health Department reported five new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in Hays County to 140.
58 of the positive cases are recovered and out of quarantine. There are 17 tests still pending and awaiting results.
In a Tuesday briefing, Texas Gov Gregg Abbott said that Texas has been following positive trends in efforts to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Texas is prepared to be taking positive steps towards opening our state and ensuring our employees are going back to work,” said Abbott.
Abbott said that more Texans are getting tested and only about 10 percent are testing positive. Additionally, Abbott provided an in-depth look at testing data in Texas and said that Thursday, April 9 was the date with the highest amount of positive COVID-19 test results.
Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick reflected on some controversial statements he made last month about the coronavirus. Patrick was criticized for suggesting that he and other seniors would be willing to die to save the United States economy.
Last night in a new interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Patrick stood by his comments and praised those supporting the economy.
“And what I said when I was with you that night, there are more important things than living. And that’s saving this country for my children and my grandchildren and saving this country for all of us,” said Patrick in an interview Monday night.
Patrick said that he didn’t want to die, but the American people need to “take some risks and get back in the game and get this country back up and running.”