One of the six Texas Democrats who tested positive for COVID-19 after voting a vote on a bill reform called for masking to be adopted universally everywhere to prevent the spread of the disease’s breakthrough variant.
Democrat Texas State Rep. Donna Howard took to Twitter on Wednesday calling for “universal mask-wearing” to prevent the spread of the highly contagious delta variant, while sharing a post on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ updated guide for schools.
“We have to follow the science here,” Howard wrote. Texas needs to change course and allow for universal mask use to prevent the spread of the highly contagious delta variant, [especially] as children under 12 cannot be vaccinated yet. “
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When asked for a comment, Howard told Fox News on Wednesday that the tweet she referred to “specifically concerned the American Academy of Pediatrics’ statement on school environments where children will participate who have not been able to get a vaccination. because of their age. “
“As for our flight, the TSA exempts private, non-commercial flights from the mask requirement,” the Texas Democrat said. “We as lawmakers have met at the Capitol without masks for several months and continued this practice as we had all been fully vaccinated.”
“Unfortunately, the increase in infections from the delta variant became apparent immediately after our flight,” Howard continued. “Had we known at the time, we would have worn masks.”
The legislature said the state capital she helps represent in the Texas House “is already considering moving back to claiming masks for those who are fully vaccinated and asking those who are not vaccinated to avoid gatherings.”
“It is important that we are aware that this virus is constantly evolving and following the recommendations of researchers,” Howard said. “The main message is that vaccinations work and prevent serious illness. Everyone needs to be vaccinated.”
Howard recently tested positive to COVID-19 after she and 59 of her colleagues from the Texas Democrats boarded a jet plane to Washington, DC to jump out on a ballot on Texas’ election reform proposal.
Five of Howard’s colleagues from the Texas Democrats also tested positive for the new coronavirus after their trip, where they drank Miller Lite and met with U.S. officials.
In response to a “super-spreader” at the Maine wedding, Howard tweeted earlier: “Personal freedom?” Spreading the virus beyond those who attended the wedding and killed people unrelated to the collection is an indication of how virulent the disease may be and how far-reaching the effects may be. “
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Under the Republican-backed electoral reform bill, a ban on drive-through voting would be implemented, video surveillance would become a requirement, and tracking devices would be installed on all electronic devices used to count ballots to track “input and activity.”
In addition, can measure would allow batch polling to observe polling station and polling station activities, and mail-in polls would be re-examined – requiring all voters to include a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number on their ballot.
Fox News’ Lucas Manfredi, Andrew Mark Miller and Caitlin McFall contributed reporting.