As we all know, the Lone Star State is the National Lab for Bad Policy, but usually it is them doing it to themselves. This is freaking alarming:
“The Trump administration is planning to end federal support for local coronavirus testing sites across the nation at the end of the month — including seven in Texas, where confirmed cases of COVID are spiking.
“Texas officials are urging the White House to rethink the move, warning of ‘catastrophic cascading consequences’ of pulling federal support for testing sites, four of which are in Houston and Harris County and administer thousands of tests per day. City officials consider two of those sites — the largest in the city, administering up to 500 tests each per day — the backbone of Houston’s testing efforts.”
The LATimes morning mail thingie tells us:
Still, the Trump administration, eager to claim victory, has been considering scaling back the national emergency declared to control the pandemic, according to healthcare industry officials who have spoken with the administration. The prospect has stoked alarm among public health leaders, physicians, hospital officials and others who fear that such a move would make it more difficult for state and local governments and health systems to keep the coronavirus in check.
Pressed on the issue Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told The Times that no such move was imminent. But White House officials have a history of contradicting themselves, most recently on Monday when McEnany claimed President Trump was joking over the weekend when he said he’d directed aides to slow coronavirus testing. Trump said Tuesday it wasn’t a joke.
Lord Damp Nut really wants the number of cases to go down, and as he’s pointed out so elquently if you don’t test the number of cases don’t rise, so he’s gonna shut-down testing. We’re totally eff’ed in the dark.