Governor Abbott Stops State Reopening Plan As Cases And Hospitalizations Increase

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the US Army Corps of Engineers. USA And the state will install a 250-bed field hospital at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Sunday, March 29. 2020.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that the state will stop any reopens as the state continues to report record increases in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Businesses that were allowed to open in the earlier phases can continue to operate in the designated occupation described by the Texas Department of State Health Services, according to a statement from Abbott’s office.

“The last thing we want to do as a state is go back and close business. This temporary pause will help our state corner the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business,” Abbott said in the release. .

Earlier Thursday, Abbott directed all licensed hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Travis counties to postpone elective procedures to protect the hospital capacity of Covid-19 patients. There are currently 4,389 Covid-19 patients hospitalized statewide in Texas, compared to 2,793 the previous week, according to the state department of health.

“These four counties have seen a significant increase in people hospitalized due to COVID-19, and today’s action is a precautionary step to help ensure that hospitals in these counties continue to have an ample supply of beds available to treat patients. with COVID-19, “said Abbott. he said in his executive order.

Texas is one of the states in the western and southern United States experiencing a recent increase in Covid-19 cases. On Wednesday, the state reported more than 5,500 additional Covid-19 cases.

On Tuesday, Abbott recommended residents stay home unless they have to venture outside. He has always urged residents to follow social distancing guidelines and to wear a mask when in public, saying it “will help us keep Texas open.”

“Unless you need to go out, the safest place for you is your home,” he said in an interview with KBTX-TV.

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