HOUSTON, TEXAS — The Lone Star State has emerged as one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an upwards of 6,000 new cases every day. Local hospitals are reaching max capacity.
“The hospitals right now are operating with about 90 plus percent, nearly 100 percent of intensive care unit beds are occupied at several hospitals, certainly within the city of Houston,” said David Persse, City Of Houston Public Health Authority.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has shut all bars back down, and has scaled back restaurant capacity to 50%.
Texas has reported more than 175,000 cases of coronavirus — with over 2,500 deaths.
In Houston, local Filipino-owned restaurant owners, facing economic uncertainty, shared their concerns with the rising number of COVID-19 cases.