TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott tweeted the “great news” that President Trump has granted Texas a Major Disaster Declaration.

The declaration expands the state’s resources and speeds up abilities to respond “robustly,” according to the governor.

On Tuesday, Abbott suggested Texans stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19, but he did not announce a statewide order to shelter at home .

“More and more tests are getting out.  Our collective goal is to be able to test as many people as possible,” Abbott said.

Abbott also said on Tuesday he’s issuing two executive orders, one to postpone all medical procedures that are not urgent so there are enough beds for people with COVID-19.

The other one is to ensure the state of Texas and every private sector tester of COVID-19 is quickly submitting information to Texas and Texas will submit it to the CDC.

Hospitals are to submit daily reports of hospital bed capacity and for health providers to submit a daily report on COVID-19 tests.

On Monday, the Governor sent a letter to President Trump requesting a presidential declaration of a major disaster in Texas based on the continued impact of COVID-19.

Abbott declared a state of disaster for all 254 Texas counties back on Friday, March 13.

“If at all possible, stay home. If you are out and about, regardless of what you may be doing, you need to understand that you are compromising your health, you’re potentially exposing yourself to contracting COVID-19 as a result. The best thing you can do to be sure we are not spreading COVID-19 in Texas is to stay home unless you need to be out.”


Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt, said when he looks around he can see people are taking this very seriously with social distancing and  focusing on washing their hands.

“The things we need to do are simple, but they are things we all need to do together,”  Dr. Hellerstedt said.

“On my travel to this location today, I was surprised at how many vehicles I saw on the road,” he said. The Governor then suggested some people may not be taking this as seriously as they should and he could consider stronger measures if necessary.

“Together we will defeat COVID-19 in the state of Texas,” Abbott said.

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  1. Jim Russell says:

    1st no matter who, how, where, or China but Don the Con’s self serving psychotic egocentricism was what prevented him from acting immediately, not 2 or 3 months late to this threat. The Republican members of the Intel Committee in Feb. clearly recognized the threat immediately and some sold off millions in stocks. My god viruses have been mutating anywhere on earth from the beginning of time, if you are going to blame China that this 1 in millions chance mutation happened there at this time is their fault, you would be as scientifically correct to blame it on the “Tooth Fairy”. Warning Republicans; your leader believes windmills cause cancer, so based on that and his Covid-19 science understanding ignorance, the world in fact may be flat, so please don’t drive over the horizon and fall off the edge of earth.

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