Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" of COVID-19 that may mean additional limits to slow the spread of the virus.
"There is a massive outbreak of COVID-19 across the state of Texas,' Abbott said in an interview with KFDA-TV in Amarillo on Wednesday. "We are looking at greater restrictions."
The state of Texas once again reported a record number of positive cases, but another key metric, the positivity rate, also hit a level that the governor previously said would serve as a "warning flag," the Texas Tribune reports.
The seven-day average positivity rate passed 10% on Wednesday, a level not seen since mid-April. Abbott said during a briefing in May that he would consider a positivity rate higher than 10% to be a red flag.
Earlier this week, Abbott said that while COVID-19 is spreading at an "unacceptable rate" in Texas, he would consider starting to shut down the state again a last option.
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