COVID-19 Texas

COVID-19 Texas

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TEXAS COVID UPDATES — Texas health officials report 1,397 new coronavirus cases and 11 additional deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. The Texas Department of State Health Services on Monday reported 739,743 coronavirus cases and 15,533 deaths. The true number of cases is likely higher though because many people haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. The health department also estimated 67,570 active cases of the virus, including 3,201 current hospital patients.

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GOV ABBOTT RELAXES RESTRICTIONS — Texas is loosening some COVID-19 restrictions for work places based on a general downward trend in cases and hospitalizations. State leaders are adopting a regional approach to managing the pandemic. Yesterday Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced he is further reopening parts of Texas where coronavirus patients make up less than 15 percent of total hospitalizations for at least seven consecutive days. Businesses there can soon expand from half to 75 percent capacity. 

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TEXAS COVID BACKLOGS -  Texas  Governor  Greg Abbott  says the issues that led to a state backlog of COVID-19 cases have been resolved.  The Texas Department of State Health Services has been informing local officials about thousands of previously unreported positive cases. Abbott said there were several reasons the data was delayed.

"One is that the capabilities of the Department of State Health Services were limited to accepting no more than 45,000 test cases per day," explained Abbott.  "They have worked with a team to make sure that was increased 4 or 5 fold." 

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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. 

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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.   

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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.                     

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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.  

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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.