Houston just shut down the Rodeo/stock show

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  1. barbee6043

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    Everyone and all animals must be out my midnight. This is a big deal.
    City states a person had the virus and was working one of the b b q tents Mar 28, cooking and dishing out food. They state only 2 conformed cases in the city, both were on a Nile River boat outing and flew home sick.
    City is still requesting test kits from the CDC.
     
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    This is one time that I'm glad I live near the end of the road (deep S. Texas). It will take longer to get here hopefully and it gets hotter sooner.
     
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    yea, I wonder if hotter weather will slow it like the regular flu
     
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    Supposed to.....according the experts. When it's hot outside people don't spend hours inside next to each other to stay warm.
     
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    • pishta

      pishta I know I'm right....

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      Its theorized that its a seasonal outbreak but there are cases in Oz/NZ already. Meanwhile,
      "...As of Feb. 22, there were at least 32 million cases of flu in the United States, 310,000 hospitalizations and 18,000 flu deaths, ...By contrast, about 200 people in the United States have been infected with the new coronavirus, and there have been at least 12 deaths." Imagine if there were no flu vaccine?

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      PS>>> An onsite worker just made a bet that the Long Beach Grand Prix will be run without fans like the soccer games. Ill still be here....
       
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      Ct, Mass, and RI just declared a health state of emergency. Mass. has 92 confirmed cases as of yesterday. But because there is a shortage of test kits, we really don't know how many people are infected.
       
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      Houston cancelled all city events that require a permit, which I imagine is baseball, basketball, etc.
      The stock show is a big deal, as there are people that pay $20,000-$30,000 for a steer, barrow "show"prospect. They are validated with DNA tests back in Nov and they pay their entry fees. I smell laws suits already maybe.
       
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      • DodgeLad

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        I wonder what the numbers are in Mexico.
         
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          Good question??????????????????? But why do you think New York and California are some of the biggest problem....Flights coming into the US!! People cross the border, but I don't think at the same rate that people are flown in from all over the world. Now that international flights have been curtailed Mexico could be another problem since their heath system is not very strong.
           
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            Someone's gotta say it.

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              And that's no bull.
               
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                Mexico City, prime real estate for disease I would reckon.
                 
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                  Letter from Houston City Councilman, Greg Travis

                  "Dear Friends and Neighbors:

                  I am vehemently opposed to and perplexed by the decision made by Mayor Turner to sign an Emergency Health Declaration (EHD) which, effectively, will cancel the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for the first time in over eighty years - in addition to cancelling many other public events across the city.

                  I, and many of my council colleagues, were absolutely blindsided by this news. This decision was made behind closed doors with no consultation from City Council, nor was it hinted at during this morning's weekly council meeting.

                  As I listened to today's press conference, I was astounded to learn that this decision appears to be predicated on a single case in Montgomery County. Simply put, your local leadership is extrapolating, making presumptions, and envisioning worst case scenarios. This leads to making important decisions out of fear.

                  Today's decision unfortunately only serves to perpetuate the artificial panic being proliferated by the media and deals a huge blow to the Houston economy. Essentially, this action acts as gasoline on the fire of hysteria. After all, this is not the Zombie Apocalypse.

                  Every year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo contributes over half of a billion dollars to the local economy. Area students depend on over fourteen million dollars in annual scholarships generated by funds from this event. Additionally, substantial losses will likely be incurred by thousands of vendors, temporary and seasonal workers, and students who have invested significant amounts of money in livestock animals in order to participate in the shows.

                  Cancellation of our city's main event not only affects the livelihood of our residents, but it sets a troubling precedent. Losses from the abrupt cancellation of this year's rodeo will have an impact that stretches beyond this fiscal year. Further, where does this lead? Do we shut-down movie theaters, shopping centers, grocery stores, or even churches?

                  Texans are tough and Texans are resilient. Texans are proudly individualistic, and I trust that the residents of this city are wise enough to understand the risks associated with COVID-19 and determine for themselves whether or not public activity is a worthwhile gamble. In other words, we are all big boys and girls, and are capable of making these kinds of decisions for ourselves and for our family. We do not need a nanny state.

                  That said, no one should minimize the impact of the current situation. I urge all Houstonians to take reasonable precautions to avoid the transmission of COVID-19 and the many other, more common, ailments that persist in our area: practice good hygiene by washing hands thoroughly; staying home if feeling ill; heeding advice from medical professionals; and keeping informed about the conditions in our area by carefully avoiding sensationalist news sources.

                  The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is more than an annual event - it is an important part of our city's identity and our city's history. With the Mayor signing today's EHD, not only will we be altering that history for the wrong reasons, but we will undeniably be altering the future of a long-standing institution that is uniquely Houston.

                  Sincerely,
                  Greg Travis"
                   
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                  The Houston mayor is an (idiot) Democrat maybe!! LOL

                  I see both sides of the situation. This is serious stuff especially in a city that is the 3rd largest in the country.

                  I agree it as all done in quick haste without enough reasonable thought. Panic.

                  Besides that, the order was given for livestock to be out of there by midnight. It takes time to get all that livestock and equipment loaded and out. My step son ag teacher/FFA council in that area, got home at 6 AM this morning.

                  The scholarship amount I heard was more like $21 million. That will have a huge impact. The kids getting such do not have wealthy parents.

                  It just might be a wild ride! Hope not! .
                   
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