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Abbott says", "Gov.  The Texas National Guard began supporting testing efforts on March 27. Location of original infection may vary.  State parks were also ordered to reopen with COVID-19 regulations on April 20.  Bridges said enforcing public health measures during the pandemic "is not something we have time to be doing", despite health experts' agreement that mask wearing reduces transmission significantly.  His wife and 3-year-old child later contracted the disease, with the latter among the youngest confirmed to have the virus in the U.S., On March 11, local health officials report a positive test for COVID-19 in Montgomery County; they are identified as the first possible case of community spread—not directly related to travel or known contact with positive travelers—in Texas and in the Houston area. The previous high came just one day earlier, on Thursday. Greg Abbott lifts coronavirus restrictions for travelers from New York, Georgia and other hot spots", "Gov.  Similar training requirements were waived for other medical fields.  A laboratory at Texas Tech University in Lubbock became the first laboratory to test for SARS-CoV-2 in Texas.  The federal government supplied $628.8 million in public assistance grants to Texas through FEMA following a federal disaster declaration on March 25. However, the governor was chided by Democrats for being too slow to react to the resurgence in cases and by Republicans for overstepping his remit and infringing on personal freedoms. Some notable ones include Highland Park Cafeteria, a Dallas restaurant that had served comfort food for 95 years, and Threadgill's, an 81-year old tavern that was the first post-Prohibition Austin business with a beer license before becoming a restaurant in 1981 (Janis Joplin started her music career here).  On June 23, UT Austin announced that it is waiving SAT and ACT testing requirements for high school students who apply for fall 2021 undergraduate admission to ensure that COVID-19 does not affect a student's ability to apply to the university. The COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. state of Texas by March 2020. The pandemic, protests and the polls: Texas' 2020 in photos.  An executive order issued by Abbott mandates visitors flying to Texas from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and New Orleans, Louisiana, to self-quarantine for 14 days. Social gatherings involving more than 10 people prohibited. March 25, 2020. His family asks community for help celebrating his 5th birthday By Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN 11/17/2020. , On March 17, DSHS reports that a man in his 90s in Matagorda County died of COVID-19 after being hospitalized, becoming the first official COVID-19 fatality in Texas. Abbott's plan to gradually reopen Texas businesses", "Republicans pressure Gov. Teachers don’t want to head back to the classrooms until Travis County re-enters Stage 2.  On June 8, both UT-Austin and Texas A&M University announced that wearing masks will be required when inside campus buildings during the Fall 2020 semester. Temporary prohibition of dining and bars/restaurants ordered, along with the closure of gyms. In response, the governor said this had been the "plan all along", which some local officials doubted, and that the judge "finally figured that out". , On March 19, Abbott issued an executive order that closed schools statewide until at least April 3. " As Patrick appeared to insinuate lives were worth sacrificing for the health of the economy, his comments drew criticism on Twitter, where the hashtag #NotDying4WallStreet trended. , During a July 14 press conference, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner along with Dr. David Persse and Houston Fire Department Chief Sam Pena announced that the Army medical task force arrived Monday July 13 to help ramp up the city's response to COVID-19 with plans to open more facilities as medical resorts. However, Collin County had more relaxed guidelines for their shelter in place order.  Following intraparty pressure, Abbott authorized the reopening of hair salons and pools on May 5. Abbott Says", "Gov. Greg Abbott deploys Texas National Guard to help with mobile testing", "While other states fighting coronavirus enforce widespread closures, Texas Gov. Coronavirus In Texas: Hundreds Protest COVID-19 Orders At State Capitol . Abbott lowers regulations to expand nursing workforce during coronavirus pandemic", "Abbott fast-tracks licensing for out-of-state medical professionals to combat coronavirus", "Texas cities, school districts can postpone local elections from May to November over coronavirus concerns", "Texas receives $36.9 million from CDC as part of allotment from emergency coronavirus bill", "Coronavirus In Texas: Gov.  Many public health experts lauded the phased approach but iterated the need for increased testing in the state. Reported cases include confirmed and presumptive cases. The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) was tasked with logistical coordination on health supplies with local groups.  Positive approval of Abbott's response to the pandemic was also found by a Dallas Morning News/University of Texas at Tyler poll, with registered voters approving by a roughly 3-to-1 margin. News Brief: Minn. , Austin, TX's cancellation of the South by Southwest festival was met with response from bar owners on 6th St who boarded up their windows to avoid break-ins due to overstocking in preparation for SXSW, which had built up in popularity from 700 attendees in 1987 to more than to 280,000 attendees in 2019 and an economic impact on the Austin economy of $355.9 million.  Children younger than 10 years old, people with an interfering medical condition are exempted from the order, as well as people attending church, voting at polling places, or exercising outdoors. A total of 283 students and 33 faculty/staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 30 days. The COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. state of Texas by March 2020. Probable cases are included from December 11, 2020. Sep Counties with 20 or fewer active cases of COVID-19 are allowed to opt-out of the order. Dec , After the announcement of the ban of gatherings of over 500 people on March 13 (in San Antonio), Fiesta San Antonio postponed their event to November 2020, that was originally slated for mid-April and eventually cancelled to April 2021. , The pandemic impacted sports across the state at all levels: Texas high school started voluntary summer workouts on June 8 in anticipation of a full season return, but the UIL recommended all workouts statewide be postponed from July 3–13 as a safety measure, impacting around 200 schools across the state, many of which had already made the decision to shut down independently ahead of official orders. Hair salons and pools authorized to reopen. The COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. state of Texas by March 2020.  Nine members of the Texas Freedom Caucus in the Texas House of Representatives sent a letter to Abbott on April 14 pressing for business restrictions to be loosened "to the greatest extent possible. A group of anti-mask protesters … Some businesses able to operate at 100%. ... Next: Shubhi Agarwal, a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin, is tested for COVID-19. , All major professional sports leagues in Texas suspended play, including the NBA (Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs) NHL (Dallas Stars), Major League Baseball (Texas Rangers and Houston Astros), and Major League Soccer (Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas). "That's a concern.".  Both events were held without spectators. Aug , On March 23, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick made controversial statements on the Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight, saying that "as a senior citizen", he was "willing to take a chance on [his] survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for [his] children and grandchildren," later suggesting that grandparents in the country would do the same and advocating that the U.S. "get back to work. , To reduce travel and the impact of outbreaks, Major League Baseball scheduled its 2020 playoffs at neutral sites in Texas and California; Minute Maid Park in Houston and newly opened Globe Life Field in Arlington would host National League Division Series games during the postseason, while the 2020 National League Championship Series and 2020 World Series would be hosted entirely in Arlington (marking the first World Series to be held at a single ballpark since 1944). Demonstrations have taken place across the US against orders put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus. Jun Sept. 4, 2020.  The first phase permitted the operation of retail establishments, restaurants, movie theaters, shopping malls, libraries and museums at 25 percent occupancy and with health protocols in place; these relaxed restrictions superseded all local orders.  Abbott announced on June 18 that Texas public schools would be opening for fall 2020. Roughly two weeks ago, Shamone Turner and her friends, joined a large demonstration for George Floyd.An estimated 60,000 people were in attendance, marching from Discovery Green to Houston’s City Hall. The governor of Texas hit the brakes on reopening his state Thursday as hospitals were inundated with “an explosion” of COVID-19 cases and officials reported 47 …  The number rose consistently pushing Texas to chart at the top of cases nationwide and hospitals in the state's largest cities reaching near or full ICU capacity. Greg Abbott instructs state agencies to trim budgets by 5% to prepare for 'economic shock, "How'd we get here?  State officials from emergency management, health services, law enforcement, public schools, and universities also met the same morning to outline logistics and coronavirus information. Gyms and exercise facilities are allowed to reopen beginning May 18 while operating at quarter occupancy. The patient is resident of Harris County with no travel history. "I am concerned about the officers when I see 100 people shoulder to shoulder in a deal where we have COVID, which we have no immunity for and it's spreading through our community," said Jenkins. Two of Texas' biggest cities are reporting an uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past several days as concerns mount over how protests sparked by the death of George Floyd may be increasing the spread of the virus. County where individuals with a positive case reside.  A number of these restaurants that closed had been famous and well-established in the state for decades.  By October 29, Larger hospitals in Lubbock, Amarillo and El Paso did not have space available to accept transfers of seriously ill Covid patients from rural areas. On March 30, the closure was extended to all of their properties.  On May 20, The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House released a letter detailing a plan to reduce the budget of many state agencies by 5 percent as part of the state's preparation for COVID-19's economic impact.  Abbott also asks the Small Business Administration to declare an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration for the state; eligibility is granted three days later.  Abbott gives approval for mayors and county judges to enact restrictions on outdoor gatherings with more than 100 people, reducing the size limit from 500. "If anything, it's going to be the reopening of society and people becoming fatigued, if you will, with the precautions we've asked them to take.". , Abbott announced a phased approach to reopening the Texas economy on April 27, with the state entering Phase I of the plan on May 1. Texas boy lost both parents to Covid-19. , For the first time in the event's history, South by Southwest was cancelled as a result of local health concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. 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Warns of 'More Onerous Requirements, "As Texas hits all-time high in new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Greg Abbott expresses regret over reopening Texas bars during coronavirus", "Positivity rate: Breaking down the metric Gov. Start of Phase III: All businesses able to operate at up to 50% capacity.  Additional federal funding was also distributed through the CARES Act, Small Business Administration,, On March 19, Abbott ordered the temporary prohibition of dining at bars and restaurants and the closure of gyms effective beginning the following day in a series of executive orders. The state recorded its first death associated with the disease on March 17 in Matagorda County. Greg Abbott to let restaurants, movie theaters and malls open with limited capacity Friday", "Gov. The case fatality rate (CFR) was 10.3 percent in Comal County; high CFR counties had "a higher proportion of non-Hispanic Black residents, adults aged 65 and older, and adults smoking, but lower number of ICU beds per 100,000 population, and number of primary care physicians per 1000 population. The COVID-19 spike in Texas is likely tied to the reopening, not the protests, Rohde said. , Texas Historical Commission historical sites and state parks were closed beginning at 5 p.m. April 7, remaining closed until an executive order reopened them on April 20. Texas Department of State Health Services., Collin County's order stated that all businesses are essential and would be allowed to remain open as long as they followed physical distancing guidelines.  Sea World San Antonio announced plans to close from March 16 to April 1, along with all Schlitterbahn waterparks, the parks have delayed the closure. Photo: AFP New York, epicentre of the US epidemic, yesterday reported another 540 coronavirus-related deaths for the previous day, the lowest daily tally since 1 April. Roughly 100 protesters gathered outside the Texas governor’s mansion this afternoon to protest the statewide shutdown of nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Across Texas… ", Among the closures of school districts and universities across the state, Abbott waived all State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing for the 2019–20 school year for public grade schools on March 16. 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AUSTIN — Hundreds of protesters marched on the Texas Capitol calling for an end to Gov. , Research from Austin Public Health conducted in May found 68 COVID-19 patients in Central Texas who began reporting symptoms dating back to around the beginning of March. Armed militia-style protesters have helped businesses across Texas defy coronavirus lockdowns and reopen. " Based on an early 190 deaths count, UT Austin issued a report stating that the death rate of people in correctional supervision in Texas was 135% the general death rate. Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 also reach a record high with 4,092.  The closures are not without precedent, as many schools closed for two weeks during the 2009 H1N1 flu when Houston experienced a major outbreak.  An analysis of the first month of COVID-19's spread in Texas, published in the Journal of Community Health, found that while the total case counts were highest in the state's metropolitan areas, the highest incidence rates of the disease per capita occurred in Donley County, with 353.5 cases per 100,000 people.  The lack of consistent policy at the state and local level during the reopening and Abbott's decision to quash criminal penalties for violations also drew criticism. Texas Tribune. On person incarcerated in Texas says: “It’s a nonviolent protest going on right now because the officers, in the middle of the coronavirus, have refused us electricity for several hours, no showers or anything. 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Credit: Amna Ijaz/The Texas Tribune Shubhi Agarwal is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin and got tested for COVID-19.  Abbott issued two additional executive orders relaxing COVID-19 restrictions: executive order GA-15 permitted licensed health care professionals and facilities to carry out elective medical procedures if they did not interfere with capacity provisioned for COVID-19, while executive order GA-16 allowed retail stores to deliver goods to customers beginning on April 24 as part of a "Retail-To-Go" model. Greg Abbott says tens of thousands of Texans could test positive for COVID-19 within weeks", "Gov. Texas economy and COVID-19. A total of 283 students and 33 faculty/staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 30 days.  The patient had recently traveled to Egypt and was hospitalized. Nov COVID-19 Response has Been Starkly Different for Indigenous Communities in Texas While coronavirus rates remain high, officials have taken unprecedented actions not found anywhere else in the state. Texas' minority neighborhoods have fewer COVID … The pandemic, protests and the polls: Texas' 2020 in photos.  School districts also announce temporary suspensions of classes statewide. Restaurant occupancy limit increased to 50%. Greg Abbott waives STAAR test requirements amid COVID-19 school closures", "Gov.  A surge in new COVID-19 cases began in June with large increases in the state's major cities and within a younger population compared to the beginning of the pandemic. 2020 ArkLaTex Year in Review: The COVID-19 pandemic, crime, and severe weather dominated the news in 2020 in the ArkLaTex, but that's not all that hit the headlines and close to home. COVID-19, Protests And Baby Elephants: Africa In 2020 Published December 31, 2020 at 12:40 PM CST Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Email The Championship is one of the world's largest gatherings in competitive robotics. The total announced Friday in Dallas County was the highest single-day amount of cases since the start of the pandemic.  By March 5, six of the ten health labs comprising the state Laboratory Response Network were ready for COVID-19 testing.  On July 21, the UIL announced its plan to resume fall sports, splitting them into two categories: football and volleyball practices would begin first with 1A through 4A schools on August 3, schools with 5A and 6A designations would resume practices on September 7, with state football championships held in January. A man in his 70s, he is the first known positive case of the disease in Texas outside of those evacuated from Wuhan and the Diamond Princess cruise ship. 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Demonstrators protest during a "Reopen Maryland" rally outside the State House in Annapolis, Md., calling on the state to lift stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, on April 18, 2020. COVID-19 Response has Been Starkly Different for Indigenous Communities in Texas While coronavirus rates remain high, officials have taken unprecedented actions not found anywhere else in the state. Social gatherings involving more than 10 people were also prohibited. On Dec. 15, more than 270 days after the initial announcement of COVID-19 cases in the Texas Panhandle, area medical professionals and other … , Only on July 2, when Texas had already recorded more than twice the infections in all of China, Abbott announced some small measures in an executive order effective the afternoon of July 3 requiring local government approval of gatherings of 10 or more people.  Over the weekend prior, Turner said he proposed a two-week shutdown to Abbott to help curb the soaring rates; Hidalgo, an early proponent of extending the shutdown, voiced support for another shut down. , The first positive test result for COVID-19 in Texas, outside of the evacuees quarantined at JBSA–Lackland from China and the Diamond Princess cruise ship, was reported by the DSHS on March 4 and involved a resident of Fort Bend County. Greg Abbott's plan to re-open Texas", "Gov. Abbott and his administration then began directing a "reopening" of the state's economy in April.  On January 7, 2021, a confirmed case of a new, more contagious SARS-CoV-2 variant from the United Kingdom was reported in Texas. The department and local health departments also began assessing recent travelers to Hubei Province in China with respiratory ailments for possible testing for SARS-CoV-2, encouraging individuals to "contact their health care provider if they develop fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of being in Hubei."  The mandated closures made Texas the first U.S. state to reinstate restrictions and closures after reopening. 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During both the initial round of pandemic-related restrictions and the reopening phases in May and June, local governments and the state government were frequently discordant over their pandemic response due to an insistence from municipal governments to strengthen restrictions and a resistance to enact such restrictions at the state level. , Austin City Limits Music Festival, originally scheduled for October 2020, was cancelled on July 1; its organizers describing the cancellation as "the only responsible solution. Texas boy lost both parents to Covid-19.  Local emergency medical service providers were allowed to utilize qualified individuals without formal certification. Rising unemployment and a resurgence of the coronavirus are not a good combination for the Texas economy.  The reopening is outlined in three executive orders issued by Abbott that allows for state parks to open under social distancing regulations on April 20, limited nonessential surgeries at hospitals beginning after April 21, and product pickup at retail stores beginning on April 24.  Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo evaluates the county as having reached the highest threat level, indicating a "severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19", and calls for the reinstatement of a stay-at-home order for the county in addition to prohibiting outdoor gatherings with more than 100 people in unincorporated parts of the county.  Abbott considered a positivity rate exceeding 10 percent as a "red flag". April 18, 2020 at 4:34 pm. For local assistance, see the listing of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19) Local Health Entities. A statewide mask mandate was imposed on July 2. , Abbott left the decision to local governments to set stricter guidelines. No gatherings of more than 10 people unless local government approval received.  On June 3, Texas enters Phase 3 of Abbott's reopening plan.  The city of Houston orders the Houston Livestock Show and Radio to close after announcing an emergency health declaration. Texas prisons have seen over 27,000 COVID-19 cases, almost 11 percent of the total Texas incarcerated population. Texas State’s COVID-19 dashboard added four new student cases and one new faculty/staff case Dec. 16.. Fox comments on coronavirus were morbid", "Texas Lt. Gov. Increasing numbers of Houston residents have reportedly been diagnosed with COVID-19 after attending protests against the death of George Floyd. Telehealth options expanded. Others opined that the reopening commenced before adequate steps were taken to reduce the spread of the disease.  On April 17, Abbott said that Texas public schools would be closed for the remainder of the 2019–20 school year and that schools will continue to offer distance learning.
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