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Major Texas City Considers Issuing Another Stay-In-Place Order As Coronavirus Cases Surge

HARRIS COUNTY (CBSNEWS.COM) - Houston opened to 75% capacity on Friday, but it may not last long. Officials are cautioning that they may need to order people back home and open a COVID-19 hospital at NRG Stadium as coronavirus cases surge in the nation's fourth-largest city.

"I'm growing increasingly concerned that we may be approaching the precipice — the precipice of a disaster," said Lina Hidalgo, the Harris County judge who is the top official for the county's five million residents.

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A server wearing a facemask and gloves rings up an order at Eight Row Flint in Houston, Texas, on May 22, 2020. (credit: Mark Felix/ AFP via Getty Images)

Hidalgo's warning comes amid a record week for virus cases and hospitalizations in the Houston area and across Texas, which marked the outbreaks by reopening restaurants to three-quarters of their capacity.

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