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[186] The Texas Medical Association supported the mask mandate. If you have any questions or would like more information about COVID-19, contact us by email or by phone: Email: coronavirus@dshs.texas.gov Phone:* Dial 2‑1‑1, then choose Option 6. [150][181] Abbott considered a positivity rate exceeding 10 percent as a "red flag". "[142] The editorial board of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram characterized Patrick's comments as "morbid" and a "recipe for embarrassing Texas". TX – There was no shortage of news in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic, a recession, monumental protests and a historic election dominated Texans’ lives. [220] Sea World San Antonio announced plans to close from March 16 to April 1, along with all Schlitterbahn waterparks,[221] the parks have delayed the closure. [103] Several regulations were waived to increase the state's medical workforce;[104][105][106] inactive and retired nurses were allowed to reactivate their licenses and temporary licensing was expedited for out-of-state medical professionals. Increasing numbers of Houston residents have reportedly been diagnosed with COVID-19 after attending protests against the death of George Floyd. Medical workers work at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Dallas, Texas, the United States, March 21, 2020. [229] A number of these restaurants that closed had been famous and well-established in the state for decades. The Texas District and County Attorneys Association stated that there was "little incentive to put your own necks on the line to enforce an order that could be invalidated the next day" in guidance to state prosecutors. [87] The agency also prepared laboratories to test for the virus within Texas using kits provided by the CDC. [39], On March 19, the cumulative number of confirmed cases in Texas reported by the DSHS surpasses 100. [271], 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). [14][15][16] Additional individuals are also investigated as possible carriers in the Houston area in connection with the Egypt trip. [249], Houston Independent School District, the state's largest school district, is among dozens of school districts extending their spring break, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Update at 2:08 p.m. — Protesters outside Texas governor’s mansion call for businesses to reopen. "[139][140] 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. The phase also provided a timetable for amusement parks, carnivals, and restaurants to begin increasing their capacity further out to June 18. [11] Two days later, the DSHS reports a presumptive positive test result for COVID-19 from a resident of Fort Bend County in the Houston area. [195] A day later on March 23, Bell,[196] Bexar,[197] Brazos,[198] Cameron,[199] Hunt,[200] McLennan,[201] Stephens[202] counties and the city of Forney,[203] issued a shelter in place for their communities. "Rockets' Russell Westbrook has COVID-19, says: 'Mask up! Greg Abbott moves to bolster number of practicing nurses", "Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texans in most counties to wear masks in public", "Texas Gov. All individuals with confirmed cases were part of a group that traveled to Egypt in February, including the first confirmed case in Fort Bend County. The previous high came just one day earlier, on Thursday. Texas hit a new record high for COVID-19 hospitalizations Sunday, as a surge of the virus continued to strain state medical resources following holiday travel and gatherings. The COVID-19 spike in Texas is likely tied to the reopening, not the protests, Rohde said. Private First Class Armon Ramirez from the Texas National Guard is given hand sanitizer after testing people for COVID-19 in the parking lot of Memorial Swimming Pool on May 18, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. ... Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. On Dec. 15, more than 270 days after the initial announcement of COVID-19 cases in the Texas Panhandle, area medical professionals and other … [170][175] As the reopening plan progressed, Republican legislators pressured Abbott to open additional business sectors and accelerate the reopening process while Democratic legislators criticized the governor for the rapid pace of reopening. Last 15 days. No capacity limits on most outdoor areas. H-E-B, in January 2020, activated a comprehensive pandemic emergency management plan first conceived in 2009 in response to concerns over H1N1. [97], A state of disaster was declared by Abbott for all counties in Texas on March 13, giving emergency powers to Abbott and his administration to order lockdowns. Masks mandated in enclosed public spaces in all counties with at least 20 confirmed cases. [216] 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. [236], 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. [31] School districts also announce temporary suspensions of classes statewide. MORE: Texas COVID-19 cases rise, governor's office says more testing being done, MORE: Asia today: India's daily virus cases surge by nearly 10,000, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. [70] On a per capita basis Texas ranks 12th among US states, with Louisiana, Florida, Arizona, Mississippi and Georgia leading the list. 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Greg Abbott announces temporary statewide school, restaurant, gym closures", "Texas Health Commissioner Declares Public Health Disaster", "Texas governor: Schools, bars, restaurant dining rooms must close temporarily due to coronavirus", "Gov. Nov In response, the governor said this had been the "plan all along", which some local officials doubted,[212] and that the judge "finally figured that out". Abbott takes action to expand nursing workforce in Texas", "Gov. [36] Abbott grants waivers to hospitals to bolster unused bed capacity without applying or paying added fees. Greg Abbott tightens outdoor gathering rules", "As COVID spreads, Abbott allows more oversight on gatherings, enacts child care rules", "Notice to Child Care Providers: Repeal of Emergency Rules", "Texas putting reopening on 'pause' as virus cases soar", "With nearly 6,000 new coronavirus cases reported in Texas Thursday, the 3-day total surpasses 17K", "Texas pauses reopening as hospitals inundated with 'explosion' of COVID-19 cases", "Gov. Outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people banned unless government approval received. The simulation estimated 87,501 cumulative hospitalizations and 10,908 cumulative deaths in the absence of social distancing measures or school closures, compared to 3,254 cumulative hospitalizations and 267 cumulative deaths with both school closures and 90 percent social distance compliance; of the four social distancing scenarios modeled, only the 90 percent compliance scenario indicated hospitalizations within capacity through August 17. Gov. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Protests Against Lockdown in Texas, California and Seven Other States As Calls to End Stay-at-Home Orders Grow By Seren Morris On 4/20/20 at 8:49 AM EDT Share [235] Several Texas bar owners filed a $10 million federal lawsuit stating that Abbott's order violates their constitutional rights; the order impacted restaurants with high alcohol sales as well, with the Texas Restaurant Association estimating that at least 1,500 restaurants that serve alcohol were forced to close, which displaced more than 35,000 employees. [213], Nacogdoches County sheriff Jason Bridges announced he would not be enforcing the statewide mask order, because it was "borderline infringing on some ... constitutional rights", even though legal experts agree[214] such measures are constitutional under the state's police power. The pandemic, protests and the polls: Texas' 2020 in photos. The Brookshires Pharmacy … [264] In April 2020, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) cancelled all spring high school sports state-wide. [30] Colleges and universities throughout the state extend their spring breaks with some transitioning to online instruction, including Baylor University, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and Texas Tech University. Photojournalists captured the unforgettable images that defined an epic year in Texas as people grappled with the … Possible cases were to be reported to local health departments, with potential viral samples to be sent to the CDC in Atlanta. 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. Texas has seen over 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, and one city that has been hit particularly hard is El Paso. [230][231], Abbott's plans to lift the stay-at-home order and reopen Texas was followed by a spike in coronavirus cases reaching 50,000 new cases by Memorial Day weekend. [253][254] On May 20, it was announced that UT-Austin would open the campus for the Fall semester of 2020, but would conduct all classes and tests remotely after Thanksgiving break. "We're seeing the numbers increasing. [74], 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. Abbott Imposes Statewide Restrictions For 2 Weeks, No Gatherings Of 10 Or More", "Gov. [62] 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. 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. The total number of tests passed 100,000 on April 9 and passed 1 million on May 28, 2020. Dan Patrick comes under fire for saying seniors should 'take a chance' on their own lives for sake of grandchildren during coronavirus crisis", "What about younger sick people, Dan Patrick? [121][122] However, Abbott issued a de facto stay-at-home order on May 31 directing all Texans to remain at home unless conducting essential activities and services and to "minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household." Abbott issues social distancing order through April, closes Texas schools until May 4", "Governor Abbott, TDI Ask Health Insurance Providers To Waive Costs Associated With Coronavirus", "Coronavirus in Texas 3/19: Supreme Court halts evictions statewide", "Coronavirus in Texas 3/21: At least 325 cases reported in state; Gov. County where individuals with a positive case reside. Abbott specifically avoided use of the terms "stay-at-home order" or "shelter-in-place" to describe the order, arguing that they were either misnomers (shelter-in-place usually referred to emergency situations) or did not adequately reflect the goal of the order. Pharmacy technicians were authorized to accept over-the-phone prescription drug orders beginning on April 7 and telehealth services were authorized across a broad range of telecommunication media. [137][138] It began with Phase I on May 1 and continued through Phase III on June 3. Greg Abbott to allow Texas hair salons and pools to reopen Friday and gyms to open May 18", "Governor Abbott Announces Phase Two To Open Texas", "Governor Abbott Announces Phase III To Open Texas", "Texas students will return to school campuses this fall, Gov. However, Collin County had more relaxed guidelines for their shelter in place order. Others opined that the reopening commenced before adequate steps were taken to reduce the spread of the disease. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, a former Central Texas state representative, has tested positive for COVID-19. More people began to trickle in shortly before 10 a.m., with armed members of Patriots for America and Texas Militia joining members of Texas for Medical Freedom, a group protesting COVID … "[12], On March 5, at least eight cumulative cases, including both positive and presumptive positive cases, are identified in the Houston area. News Brief: Minn. On May 20, 2020, on the heels of several anti-lockdown protests at state capitals, protestors opposed to vaccinations gathered at the Texas state capital in Austin, with a Facebook page describing the rally as an effort to "show the globalists, including eugenicist Bill Gates, the World Health Organization and the CDC, that they can't suspend freedom in America at a mere whim, and that they can't force us to wear face masks like the people in Communist China. [191] The city subsequently petitioned the federal government to extend the quarantine of US nationals at Joint Base San Antonio; the petition was denied by Judge Xavier Rodriguez in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Texas prisons have seen over 27,000 COVID-19 cases, almost 11 percent of the total Texas incarcerated population. [268] Both events were held without spectators. [210], In mid-June 2020, some county officials requested that the governor grant them the power to fine individuals for not wearing a mask in public, as local governments were prohibited from doing so by the governor's order; the governor refused. [187][67] Texas Democratic Party spokesman Abhi Rahman released a statement saying that the order was "far too little, far too late," and criticized Abbot for "[leading] from behind. Dec Greg Abbott says tens of thousands of Texans could test positive for COVID-19 within weeks", "Gov. [60][61], On June 26, Abbott begins rolling back some of the lifted restrictions from his earlier state reopening plan, issuing an executive order that promptly closes bars except for takeout and curbside pickup and closes rafting and tubing businesses in addition to restricting indoor dining at restaurants to 50 percent capacity. Other types of businesses were given staggered opening dates out to May 31 under Phase II. [62], On April 25, polling from the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune found that 56 percent of voters surveyed approved of Abbott's response to the pandemic, including 56 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of Democrats. [98] These included waived trucking and licensing regulations for drivers, alcohol delivery from bars and restaurants, and Medicaid regulations. [255] They later announced on June 3 that classrooms would be kept at 40 percent capacity, and that around 2,100 classes (about a fifth of all available classes) will be conducted online during the fall. Other counties and cities followed suit. Texas teachers protest in-person instruction while COVID-19 cases rise. [239] The attendance for the rodeo on February 28, was 77,632, with 73,433 of the visitors went to the "World Championship Barb-B-Que Contest," where that person attended. May Greg Abbott tells Texans to stay home except for essential activity in April", "Texas State Parks, Historic Sites Ordered Closed", "Governor Abbott Announces Temporary Closure Of State Parks And Historic Sites", "Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing Strike Force To Open Texas", "Gov. Credit: Amna Ijaz/The Texas Tribune Shubhi Agarwal is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin and got tested for COVID-19. [1] That same day, a resident in his 30s of Frisco in Collin County, a suburb of Dallas, received a presumptive positive test for the virus after recently traveling to Silicon Valley in California; he is the first case identified in the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area. Greg Abbott's bar shutdown say they should be exempted", "Texas bar owners file $10 million federal lawsuit against Gov. Officials with the city of Amarillo confirmed the first two COVID-19 cases in the Texas Panhandle during a … [225] The announcement comes a day after the company announced that its Houston area stores would be the only locations to implement changes to their operations. [90] By March 5, six of the ten health labs comprising the state Laboratory Response Network were ready for COVID-19 testing. [233][234] In response to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Abbott issued an executive order shutting down bars for a second time since the beginning of the pandemic. For local assistance, see the listing of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19) Local Health Entities. [245], On March 19, Abbott issued an executive order that closed schools statewide until at least April 3. Jan The COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. state of Texas by March 2020. Texas economy and COVID-19. [54] 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. [82] 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. Greg Abbott waives STAAR test requirements amid COVID-19 school closures", "Gov. [246] On March 31, the Governor announced that schools in the state will continue to stay closed until May 4. 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