IMHO, one of the reasons we have less unity than I’d like with respect to social distancing measures is that there is a significant subset of the population that does not trust the media to tell the truth. This isn’t to say that there aren’t a fair number of Republicans on board; there are.
But dammit; the mainstream media doesn’t help things when it tries to sensationalize.
Now none of this says that Texas made the right choice, but if you test more people, you WILL get a spike in the number of positives. The “positive rate” is important, of course, (and false positives aren’t as frequent if the true infection rate isn’t very small) but they are showing the number of confirmed positives.
That is just fuel for the MUH FREEDUMS morons.
And of course, it is important to know where the outbreaks are coming from: are they concentrated in a single location or in a type of place, or all over?
Bottom line: try to report with the nuance.
Related notes: this is an interesting article about some writing during the pandemic in London in 1660’s.