COVID-19 news conference

Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller listens to Victoria Major Rawley McCoy as he answers a question at a daily news conference about COVID-19 in this March 19 photo.

Retail shops, restaurants and some other business will have to reduce their capacity to 50% if local COVID hospitalizations rates continue to increase in the coming days, Victoria officials cautioned the public Monday.

In the last week, COVID-19 patients have occupied just under 15% of the region’s total number of hospital beds, and on Monday, COVID patients were occupying 15.24% of total beds in the Victoria region. That 15% threshold is the determining factor under Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive orders that would reverse some of the reopening measures currently available to local businesses.

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Matilda Jane

Florida is doing something unheard of. It’s demanding that labs report the “cycle threshold” for every test they run.

COVID testing labs never tell doctors or patients how the PCR test is run.

As even Tony Fauci has asserted, tests run at 35 cycles or above are useless. They’re also misleading. The results tend to be positive, meaning the patient is “infected with the virus.” But this is false.

The CDC and the FDA recommend that the test should be run at up to 40 cycles. This is a direct hustle. It ensures false positives and higher COVID case numbers—used as justification for lockdowns.

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