Governor Abbott Releases Video About Latest Executive Order for Texans

Ruben Fields
April 5, 2020

"People are beginning to understand that the best way that we can slow the spread and actually avoid death is by this stay-at-home standard, going out only for essential services, going to a grocery store", he said.

Governor Greg Abbott gave an update on medical supplies during a press conference on Friday.

Greg Abbott issued an executive order effective today extending school closures through May 4 and outlining protocols for minimizing non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people that are not in the same household.

NY state has recorded more than 100,000 cases of the COVID-19 respiratory illness caused by the virus and almost 3,000 coronavirus-related deaths. The state has almost 20,000 beds available, and he said the state has a little over 8,000 ventilators and 2,000 ICU beds.

As Governor Abbott stated, "Now is not the time for us to let up in our distancing efforts, now is the time instead to double our efforts, to make sure we do more to rid ourselves of the coronavirus".

He also said he believes Texas has enough fans based on the studies he's seen.

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The Governor also reminded Texans of what is needed behind the medical team to respond to this emergency.

According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS), there are now 27 confirmed COVID-19 cases outside of Randall and Potter Counties in Amarillo, which according to the City of Amarillo Friday, each reported 24 confirmed cases of the virus.

The statewide order is effective 12:01 a.m. on April 2 and will continue through April 30.

Facing pressure to follow such moves by neighboring New Mexico and Louisiana, Abbott asked all Texans except essential workers to remain in their homes from Thursday, apart for essential trips.

"We started ahead of the curve, but we are running to stay ahead of the curve", said Governor Abbott.

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