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Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted out a graphic on Saturday that suggested he would not alter his Thanksgiving plans, despite recommendations from health officials to avoid or limit in-person gatherings this year due to rising coronavirus cases.

The graphic shows a turkey with a star representing Texas above it and the words “come and take it” below it.

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 22, 2020


Twitter users characterized his post as offensive, taking it to mean that the senator is refusing to ease up on his own holiday plans while his home state of Texas struggles to respond to surging coronavirus cases.

In one Texas city, the morgues can’t keep up with the rate of dying people. In an attempt to alleviate some of the pressure, the state government decided to send in the National Guard to El Paso to process bodies.

CNN reported that thousands of people in Texas last weekend waited in line to receive food rations and groceries for the holiday. The pandemic, which has shuttered small businesses nationwide and forced millions of Americans to live off unemployment benefits, has made it difficult for families to consistently put food on the table. 

“Forty percent of the folks coming through our partners’ doors are doing so for the first time,” Anna Kurian, a spokesperson for North Texas Food Bank, told CNN. 

Less than two weeks ago, Texas became the first state to hit 1 million coronavirus cases.

And KVUE, an ABC affiliate, reported that 135 counties in the state are at a high-risk level, which could be cause for a necessary stay-at-home order.

Health officials have for weeks cautioned that cases will rise through the holiday season, as families and friends gather in large, in-person groups. 

Among those sounding the alarms is the nation’s top infectious disease …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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