TRUST INDEX: Checking the accuracy of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s statement about COVID-19 in Houston vs. New York City

TRUST INDEX: Checking the accuracy of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s statement about COVID-19 in Houston vs. New York City
TRUST INDEX: Checking the accuracy of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s statement about COVID-19 in Houston vs. New York City

HOUSTON – On Thursday, May 21, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo was talking about her new stay home order when she made a statement about Houston’s fight against COVID-19 compared to another large city.

“The only reason we have not seen a situation like Italy, like New York, like other places have seen cause we’ve done social distancing because we’ve done our work,” she said.

While Houston’s spread-out geography has helped, it’s not the only reason Houston has fared better than New York City, so far.

Nurses on the front lines

We spoke with two nurses from Houston Methodist hospital who spent three weeks on the front lines in New York during the worst part of that city’s crisis.

“The feeling of going into a war zone... you weren’t sure really what you were going to encounter,” said Tamiracle Adams. “You just do what needs to be done.”

Adams also talked about New York City’s response to the crisis.

“The citizens were really accountable and tried to make other people accountable for social distancing and flattening the curve,” she said. “New York citizens really did take it seriously.”