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Pharr mayor/MD says using simple precautions makes most sense Use common sense against virus

Pharr mayor/MD says using simple precautions makes most sense Use common sense against virus

It’s easy to almost become addicted to looking at the numbers: the relatively rapid spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory illness COVID – 19 (COronaVIrus Disease – 2019). Johns Hopkins has probably the best website that keeps up the spread in real time. There is the total number of confirmed cases, the deaths, and the cases per country. Two days ago, Sunday, March 8, the map showed a total of 110,041 cases, with 554 cases confirmed in the U.S. By Monday, the numbers had jumped to 111,317 with 564 present in the U.S. By Tuesday afternoon, the total number of confirmed cases worldwide was 114,544, with 755 in the U.S. You can find the map by doing an online search: “Johns Hopkins COVID-19 map.” Just don’t get addicted to it, because it’s a pretty dark subject matter, and if you’re depressed already, looking at such a map probably won’t improve your condition. Still, it’s hard to resist looking at how many new cases have popped up within any given time period, and where they are located. So far, in Texas, 26 cases have popped up in San Antonio, Houston and Gregg County. Of those, 11 occurred in Houston-area residents who reportedly contract ed the virus while traveling in Egypt (Source: The Texas Tribune). This Monday, March 9, local Dallas-area news was reporting what appears to be the first locally transmitted case (Collin County; north of Dallas). What took Texans by surprise, some anyway, was the city of Austin’s de cision last week, backed by Travis County officials, to cancel the city’s SXSW (South by Southwest) tech/music conference/festival, which has drawn close to half a million people in recent years. Officials said the cancellation was only precautionary, considering that no COVID-19 cases had been reported in Travis County. Hidalgo County has also endured good luck so far, in that no COVID-19 case has turned up here. There was a rumor (chisme) floating around that there was a confirmed case of it inside one of the local hospitals, and that one entire floor had already been quarantined. That proved not to be the case, according to county officials. Still, people are on heightened alert, and some store shelves are already running empty of things like water, even though, unlike a hurricane, the virus is not expected to ever disrupt flowing water faucets. Pharr Mayor: Don’t Panic For people who lean more toward feelings of anxiety,

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