Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) on Tuesday, June 30, blasted the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health and CCP Virus (coronavirus) task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci over his stark warning on a spike in the virus cases.
During an appearance on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Patrick pushed back against the comparison between Texas and New York in terms of the virus cases and deaths.
“The reality is a lot different. We’ve had 2,224 people died, and New York has had 31,000 even California has had almost three times as much as Texas,” he told Laura Ingraham. “And remember Laura, those two states have been locked down the whole time while we have been open, so locking down doesn’t work; if it did, those two states would have been doing better than Texas.”
“Fauci said today that he’s concerned about states like Texas that skipped over certain things. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about—we haven’t skipped over anything. The only thing I’m skipping over is listening to him,” Patrick added. “I don’t need his advice anymore.”
During a hearing on the pandemic earlier in the day, Fauci warned lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the United States would see new cases of the CCP Virus rising to 100,000 a day.
“We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned,” Fauci said. “We’re going to continue to be in a lot of trouble, and there’s going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop.”
“I am not satisfied with what’s going on because we are going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we’ve really got to do something about that, and we need to do it quickly,” he added. “Clearly, we are not in total control right now.”
Patrick also said that the media was misreporting information about the new cases in Texas, stating that about 25 percent of people in ICU are COVID patients.
“We have 7,177 ICU beds in Texas, and today of those beds, about 1,500 are COVID patients. 1,500 out of 7,177, so it’s about 25% of the people in the ICU. Most people in ICU are not there because of COVID,” Patrick said.
Texas hit pause on the state’s reopening plans last week amid a surge in new cases. Patrick said locking down Texas is the worst thing they could do and urged young people to follow safe practices to bring the cases down.