CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — Abbott joined KRIS 6 News at Noon, and addressed several questions, including whether Texas reopened too quickly.
He said research into the increase in the novel coronavirus cases shows that one of the three outcomes was the number of positive test cases that came from prisons across Texas.
He also said there is an increase in people in the 20-to-29-year-old age range. He cited that the age group as going to bars more regularly than other age groups, and said failure to wear a mask, properly wash hands regularly, and keeping a 6-foot social distance are creating that jump in positive case numbers.
"COVID-19 still exists in Texas," Abbott said. "It has not left Texas, the U.S., or the world."
Abbott stressed to the public that people need to be wearing a mask, washing their hands, and keeping your distance.
Abbott said it will be necessary to maintain the safety measures to keep the virus under control.
"If you go to gatherings, you're increasing the probability of getting the coronavirus, " Abbott said.
Watch the full interview above.