COVID-19 Texas

COVID-19 Texas

Courtesy: Texas Public Radio

LOCAL AUTHORITY - Texas State health officials say over  9,100  new  Covid-19 cases have been reported  along with 245 new deaths. This brings Texas’ total Covid cases to over 451,000 and more than 7,200 deaths.  Schools reopening during the  Coronavirus  pandemic has created controversy as there has been some confusion as to who has legal authority to say when schools can reopen.  Speaking at a Texas Division of Emergency Management Warehouse in San Antonio yesterday Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said who has the final say. 

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TEXAS REVENUES DROP -  Texas  is forecast to end the fiscal year with a 4.6-billion dollar deficit, according to revised revenue projections released by the state comptroller  Glen Hegar  who estimates state tax revenues will be down nearly 10-percent due to economic contraction spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.   Earlier this week Hegar told lawmakers his forecast  assumes  public health restrictions will be lifted by the end of the year.   

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TEXAS COVID-19 SURGE -  Texas has surpassed 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time as a resurgence of the outbreak rages across the U.S. The record high of 10,028 confirmed cases in the Lone Star State Tuesday follows Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to mandate masks in much of the state and to close bars, retreating from what had been one of America’s fastest  reopenings.

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TEXAS COVID-19 SINGLE DAY SPIKE - Texas reported almost 5500 positive Covid-19 cases yesterday, a new record high for a single day.  A retiring Republican Congressman from Texas is concerned about the surge of COVID-19 cases, especially in his district.  Pete Olson said during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday, he is worried about the rising number of 20 to 39-year-olds getting the virus.                     

Courtesy: Texas State Department of Health Services

TEXAS COVID-19 UPDATE:     The surge in Covid-19 case numbers  in Texas aren't slowing down the state’s reopening.  Yesterday Republican Gov. Greg Abbott  prescribed an emphasis on face coverings and social distancing to curtail sobering trends, which include hospitalization rates that have doubled since Memorial Day. He says his goal is to keep the Lone Star state open, while slowing the spread of COVID-19.  But if Covid-19 numbers  continue to hit record highs, he’s not ruling out scaling back some of Texas’ reopenings.  

Courtesy: Texas Legislative Black Caucus

VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS  - The Texas Legislative Black Caucus is holding virtual town halls on what measures  state  lawmakers  should  pursue  to change  policing  and  address  racial inequality.  The series of meetings,  prompted by the police killing of George Floyd, kicked off Wednesday night.  State Representative Lorraine Birabil of Dallas is one of several Democrats urging Governor Greg Abbott to call a special legislative session. 

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TEXAS COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS RISE -Texas has hit a new record for the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the state.   Texas Public Radio’s Camille Phillips files this report.Texas began allowing its first businesses to reopen May 1st, then relaxed restrictions further May 18th and again on June 3rd. The number of COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals has been on an upward trajectory since Memorial Day, rising from just over 15 hundred to more than 19 hundred over the past two weeks.

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TEXAS SALES TAX REVENUE --The Texas Comptroller’s office reports that sales tax revenues for May fell more than 13 percent compared to the same time last year.   That's on top of April's 9.2 percent drop and is the steepest decline since 2010.   Glen Hegar who serves as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts   says shuttered businesses and stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic increased losses in every sector except for telecommunications services. 

HEALTH COVERAGE GAP - A new report from the Episcopal Health Foundation in Houston  predicts the number of uninsured people in Texas could skyrocket next year following the COVID-19 outbreak.  An estimated 1.2 million Texans who have lost their jobs and their employer-sponsored insurance, are   currently eligible for either Medicaid or subsidized plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace.


BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION - Experts say to expect more bankruptcies in the oil and gas industry over the coming months. The coronavirus pandemic and a global oversupply of oil continues to keep prices low.  So low that companies are reporting billions in losses, slashing budgets, and laying off workers.   Charlie Beckham specializes in oil and gas bankruptcies at the Texas law firm Haynes and Boone located in Houston.  He says companies may not be making enough money to pay off their debt.