Houston, Texas, Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news conference Thursday that the Covid-19 virus in the city is "out of control."
"The numbers are moving in the wrong direction for us. The Covid-19 virus in the city, quite frankly in the state, it's out of control," Turner said. "What we do today, and over the next few weeks is critical to getting this virus back in a manageable state."
He continued saying the goal is to bring the daily number of cases to below 300.
"And I say 300, that's the number I am using because it makes it then much more practical for us to engage with our contact tracing," he added.
Houston reported 412 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to at least 26,012, with approximately 250 deaths.
Note: These numbers were announced by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.