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AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) — Governor Greg Abbott said COVID-19 is “spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas” after an alarming spike in cases across the state.

During a briefing on Monday, the governor announced infection rates have gone from 4.5 percent in May to 9 percent.”

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 average just over 1,600 a day in the latter part of May,” explained the governor. “In the last four or five days, hospitalizations have averaged more than 3,200 a day. To state the obvious, COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas, and it must be corralled.”

However, Abbott said there is now more testing being conducted in hot spots across the state, and said they’re working with hospitals to make sure anyone with COVID-19 receives the proper treatment.”

Closing down Texas again will always be the last option,” said Abbott.Abbott continues to push for Texans to stay at home, wash their hands and practice safe social distancing.

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