Texas Gov. May Executive Order Reopening Of State

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, speaking at a press conference yesterday afternoon, said he’s now considering an executive order to reopen Texas businesses as early as next week. Abbott says he remains committed saving lives during the coronavirus pandemic even as a reopen may be imminent for citizens.

Amongst guests standing beside Gov. Abbott at the press conference was Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd and Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs of the University of Texas System John Zerwas, MD.

Gov. Abbott gave updates on cases and deaths due to COVID-19 throughout the state. He says that 116,000 Texans have been tested for COVID-19, with just under 12,000 positive returns. Hospitalizations are at 1,532 and deaths at 221. The total recovery number is 1,336.

In terms of essential medical supplies, Gov. Abbott says that there are over 20,000 hospital beds available with 2,448 intensive care unit beds available and 7,834 ventilators available.

Gov. Abbot says that new cases are now “leveling off” in the state, but the peak remains down the road.

If Gov. Abbott does indeed executive order a reopen, it will begin what may be a trend of red states opening much earlier than their blue counterparts. It would also make Texas the first state to open up since declaring a shutdown. Gov. Abbott reminded everyone that Texas was in far better shape than New York, but stopped short of giving any further details on what a reopen would look like.

 

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.


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