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.
President Trump just granted a Major Disaster Declaration for Texas.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 25, 2020
“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.
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.”
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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.