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MLB Hall of Fame catcher Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez touts face masks in Texas coronavirus PSA

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Main League Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is aware of a factor or two about utilizing face masks for cover — and he cheekily flashed his behind-the-plate gear in a brand new coronavirus PSA for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

“As you know, my whole entire career I’ve been using this mask,” he says in the 30-second video, exhibiting off his catcher’s masks. “Now I wanted to ask you to wear your mask to keep our businesses safe for you.”

He is referring to face coverings geared toward stifling the coronavirus outbreak, which has just lately spiked in Texas.

The state’s minimal really helpful well being protocols for people, issued on Could 1, “strongly recommend” however don’t require sporting face masks in public. Though Abbott has not issued an order requiring Texans to put on masks, he and different officers have been urging residents to take action voluntarily to assist sluggish the unfold.

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“So please, if you keep your mask on, we’re going to keep our businesses open for you,” Rodriguez, who performed the bulk of his profession for the Texas Rangers, continues in the video. “Take care of yourself, God bless you, and stay safe.”

Rodriguez’s Hall of Fame profession included 14 All-Star video games, and he was the American League’s Most Precious Participant in 1999, when he batted .332 and slugged 35 residence runs for the Rangers, in keeping with Baseball-Reference.com.

There have been an estimated 72,744 energetic coronavirus instances in Texas, in keeping with the newest numbers from the Department of State Health Services, which have been up to date Tuesday. Greater than 2,400 folks have died of COVID-19, in keeping with the info, and over 84,000 Texans have recovered from the sickness.

Because of the new spike in instances, Abbott put the state’s incremental financial reopening plan on pause final week.

“We are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” he said. “The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses.”

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s prime infectious illness professional, warned lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday {that a} new rise in coronavirus instances throughout the South and West “puts the entire country at risk” and that new infections might attain 100,000 a day if folks don’t begin listening to public well being authorities.

“When you have an outbreak in one part of the country, even though in other parts of the country they’re doing well, they are vulnerable,” he stated.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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