Early voting continues at a record pace in the state, including DFW and Collin County. Through yesterday, 325,225 Collin County residents had voted. For point of reference, in the 2016 General Election only 289,561 had voted during the entire early voting period.
Early voting continues through October 30, 2020. Early voting locations are open today from 1:00pm to 6:00pm and will be open from 7:00am to 7:00pm from October 26 to October 30, 2020.
Remember there is no longer straight ticket voting. Please do your research and vote all the way down the ballot.
Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continue to climb in Collin County although not at the rate being experienced in Dallas or Tarrant Counties. This is a concern to me and I would ask that everyone please follow the Governor’s Executive Orders, including his orders regarding the wearing of masks and social distancing.
A majority of the Commissioners Court continue to feel that COVID-19 virus should be treated like the influenza virus, and that all reporting and Governor orders should be terminated. They have ordered that the County’s dashboard be removed as of October 30, 2020. I do not agree with either of these positions.
The CDC estimates that the influenza virus (A and B) killed 34,000 people in the US during the 2019 season. Through yesterday, the CDC estimates that the COVID-19 virus has killed 223,393 people. We still have 5 more months to complete a 12-month fiscal year!! Several studies estimate that the 12-month death total in the US could exceed 340,000 people. That is 10 times the death rate for the influenza virus in 2019. From my perspective, this is why the COVID-19 virus should not be treated the same as the influenza virus.
Finally, the State continues to experience difficulties with reporting and tracing the large number of COVID-19 cases. In my opinion, their data and reporting gets better with every passing week. Data and transparency are critical ingredients for fighting this deadly virus, which is why I oppose the removal of the County’s COVID-19 dashboard on October 30, 2020.
Take care, be safe and we will survive this.
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