Texas leaders warn of hospital capacity, ask for lockdowns


A man, who identifies himself as Dom, jogs along a road with an American flag Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

DALLAS (AP) — Leaders in two of Texas’ biggest cities are calling on the governor to empower local governments to order residents to stay home as the state’s continued surge in confirmed cases of the coronavirus tests hospital capacity.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that he wants Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott to return control to local governments.

He says hospitals are facing a crisis.

In the Houston area, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says a stay-at-home order is needed.

Both are Democrats.

The state says a record 8,181 Texans with COVID-19 were hospitalized Sunday.

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