As COVID-19 cases in the region surpassed 1,000 on Thursday, Victoria Mayor Rawley McCoy signed an order requiring all businesses in the city to mandate the use of facial coverings.

In Victoria County, 54 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in 24 hours – the highest daily increase since the pandemic began, surpassing Wednesday’s record of 45.

Victoria Advocate reporters Ciara McCarthy and Morgan O’Hanlan contributed to this story.

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COVID-19 cases by county

County Total Recoveries Deaths
Calhoun 118 66 3
Goliad 15 7 0
DeWitt 110 59 3
Jackson 70 39 1
Lavaca 202 83 1
Matagorda 388 74 9
Refugio 37 12 0
Victoria 1,399 668 9
Wharton 232 76 1
9-County total 2,571 1,084 27
•Editor’s note: These counts are updated daily. Total case counts include confirmed, pending investigation and probable cases reported by DSHS.

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Dale Turner

Best decision for this situation.

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George Schwarz

From the Victoria Advocate editorial today. "A second shutdown could be catastrophic. We need to avoid it at all costs."

My response: Not at the cost of peoples' health and lives. What we need is for Abbott and other elected officials to show backbone and ignore Texas' toxic individualism. They need to mandate face coverings on an individual basis and not burden the business community to do the work they don't have the courage to do.

Rick Dockery

Toxic individualism. Cute. If people would wear a mask, and respect others we wouldn’t need the government to tell us what to do. Unfortunately, we are like children and need to be told what to do. Good luck enforcing this. Don’t worry, we’ll be like the people’s republic of California soon.

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