Texas is reporting 11 new deaths from Covid-19 today – the lowest new, daily death toll since March 31 when the state had only 4 fatalities, Texas Health and Human Services data shows.
However, Texas also saw its highest, single-day increase in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic on Saturday, according to state numbers.
Gov. Greg Abbott attributed the spike in cases to increased testing, noting that the percentage of positive tests has gone down.
Meanwhile, critics like Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, attribute the rising numbers, at least in part, to the state’s reopening of businesses.
“Well, more than likely what you saw in the cases jumping in the past few days that we've reported is a change in policy with respect to the reopening of parts of our economy, a couple weeks ago,” Johnson told CNN on Monday.
Where Texas stands on reopening: Abbott announced sweeping reopenings in the state during a press conference earlier today – including opening child care centers and office buildings, effective immediately.
Other businesses such as bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls skating rinks and rodeos can open Friday, with restrictions on capacity. Professional sports will be able to resume games starting June 1 without fans and with approval, he said.