MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (Nexstar) – Midland County Judge Terry Johnson has issued a statement after Governor Greg Abbott lifted Coronavirus restrictions on businesses and removing the mask mandate.
Judge Johnson says the decision to open the state was the right call and is hoping residents in Midland County will make informed decisions when it comes to public health.
“Texas is not the only state that is opening up, we are not even the first State to do so. I trust that, we as a society, have the ability to decide what is the right thing to do, not only for our own wellbeing but for our fellow Texans,” Johnson said in a statement. “As Texans we value our freedom and the responsibility that comes with that freedom.”
While the Judge says the courthouse will remain a mask-only facility until April 1, based on a current state Supreme Court order, the Judge says he feels it is time to get back to ‘pre-COVID normal’ and is encouraging residents to get vaccinated.
“I have not bought into the phrase that ‘wearing a mask is the new normal,’” the statement reads. “It was intended to be a temporary protective measure to help save lives. With the various types of vaccinations and the ability to get vaccinated feel that it is time to start looking at getting back to our ‘actual, pre-COVID normal’.”
Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers acknowledged Midland is ‘doing well’ in the fight against Coronavirus, lauding the efforts to vaccinate the public. He says Midland Health has vaccinated about 50,000 people.
However, Meyers also stressed the need to continue mitigation efforts, especially during the spring break holiday.
“We are doing well, the numbers are going down not only here but nationally, we are getting a lot of vaccine out to people, we will cross 50,000 doses delivered, probably today, which is a pretty amazing number in the short time we’ve been doing this,” Meyers said Tuesday prior to the Governor’s announcement. “But all those good things shouldn’t overshadow the need for continuing the mitigation strategies, especially through this upcoming spring break week.”