Tag Archives: Greg Abbott

Texas Gov’s Mask Order Goes Out Via Text Message

San Antonio’s NBC News affiliate reports: Governor Greg Abbott’s two new executive orders about face coverings in public and gatherings of 10 people or more have begun. The new orders took affect at noon on Friday. The first order requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or …

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Texas Gov Issues (Mostly) Statewide Mask Requirement

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott issued a nearly statewide mask mandate Thursday as Texas scrambles to get its coronavirus surge under control. The order requires Texans living in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while inside a business or other building open to the public, as …

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Texas Bar Owners Sue Gov Over New Closure Orders

The Associated Press reports: A group of Texas bar owners filed lawsuits Monday seeking to overturn Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that closed their businesses to help contain the spread of the coronavirus in Texas. Abbott has pinpointed the re-opening of bars last month as one of the sources behind a dramatic spike in new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and …

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Texas GOP To Move Ahead With Indoor Convention

The Texas Tribune reports: As the coronavirus pandemic engulfs Texas’ metropolitan areas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has left the door open for massive indoor gatherings. And organizers are moving forward with some big ones, including the Texas Republican party’s upcoming convention in Houston. Harris County, where Houston is located, has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the …

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TX Gov Totally Sorry For Opening Bars Amid Pandemic

Austin’s ABC News affiliate reports: Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday expressed regret for the first known time about the reopening process he spearheaded during the coronavirus pandemic, saying he should not have allowed bars to open as quickly. “If I could go back and redo anything, it probably would have been to slow down the opening of bars, now seeing …

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TEXAS: GOP Gov Orders All Bars To Close Immediately

Houston’s ABC News affiliate reports: Just one day after temporarily pausing the state’s reopening plans, Texas is now increasing restrictions on some businesses in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Friday’s new order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott includes closing bars effective at noon today (except for to-go service) and reducing capacity at restaurants starting on Monday. …

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Texas Gov Halts Elective Surgeries As Hospitals Fill Up

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday morning he is once again putting a stop to elective surgeries to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients — but this time the prohibition only applies to Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Travis counties, four areas where the number of patients hospitalized with virus is quickly progressing. Just Tuesday, Abbott stressed that …

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Texas Gov Gives Mixed Messages Amid COVID Spike

The Dallas News reports: Gov. Greg Abbott sternly warned Texans of “rampant” spread of coronavirus that took the state to a new high Tuesday of more than 5,000 new cases in a single day. Saying Texans should stay home unless they have a good reason to venture out, Abbott late Tuesday afternoon gave local officials more powers to limit public …

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TEXAS: GOP Explodes In Infighting After Far-Right Group Is Caught On Tape Mocking Governor’s Disability

The Texas Tribune reports: Two staffers for the hardline conservative group Empower Texans have been caught on an audio recording disparaging Gov. Greg Abbott with profanity and joking about his wheelchair use. Upon the comments surfacing Friday morning, Abbott’s office and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick denounced them and Empower Texans said the staffers were “suspended from all public activities with …

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TEXAS: Schools To Open In Fall, No Masks Required

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas students will be returning to public schools in person this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott told state lawmakers Thursday morning. The state’s top education officials confirmed the plans in a statement to The Texas Tribune. “It will be safe for Texas public school students, teachers, and staff to return to school campuses for in-person instruction this …

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TEXAS: Big Cities Urge Gov To Lift Ban On Mask Fines

The Texas Tribune reports: The mayors of nine of Texas’ biggest cities urged Gov. Greg Abbott in a letter Tuesday to grant them the “authority to set rules and regulations” mandating face masks during the coronavirus pandemic. As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to climb in Texas, an executive order from Abbott bans local governments from imposing fines or criminal …

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Texas Gov Downplays Continuing Record COVID Spike Because “We Have So Many Hospital Beds Available”

The Texas Tribune reports: With the number of people hospitalized for the new coronavirus continuing to climb in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that there’s “no real need to ratchet back the opening of businesses in the state.” One of the reasons, he said in an interview with KYTX television in Tyler, is “because we have so many hospital …

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TEXAS: COVID Hospitalizations Continue To Climb

The Texas Tribune reports: For the third day in a row, Texas has reported a record number of patients hospitalized with the new coronavirus, a metric Gov. Greg Abbott has said he’s watching as businesses continue reopening and limits on their operations are loosened. Data released Wednesday by the Texas Department of State Health Services shows 2,153 people were hospitalized …

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Texas Sees Record Number Of COVID Hospitalizations

CNBC reports: Texas reported a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations Monday — weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott took the lead among governors in easing social distancing measures to help bring jobs back. There are currently 1,935 Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the state, topping the previous hospitalization record of 1,888 patients on May 5, according to new data from the …

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Texas Gov Demands Resignations Of GOP Leaders Over Racist Posts Claiming George Floyd’s Death Was Staged

The Texas Tribune reports: Republican leaders in five Texas counties shared racist Facebook posts, some of which also floated conspiracy theories, leading Gov. Greg Abbott to call for two of them to resign. Abbott and other top Texas Republicans called for the resignation of the GOP chairs in Bexar and Nueces counties after they shared on social media a conspiracy …

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TEXAS: Water Park Opens In Defiance Of Gov’s Order

The Houston Chronicle reports: Just after sunrise, several Texas families decided to make an early start to be the first in line at Big Rivers Waterpark in New Caney. “Boy, it was wild,” guest Anthony Welsh said. “We’ve been waiting in line since 7:30 a.m. They wouldn’t let anybody move until about 10 a.m.” Right outside the gate, crowds gathered …

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Texas Gov Gives Green Light To Bars, Sports, Day Care

The Austin Statesman reports: Gov. Greg Abbott Monday unveiled his plans for an accelerated return to a semblance of normal life Monday, immediately reopening child care centers, Scouting and other youth clubs, as well as massage, tattoo, piercing and other personal services, with a limited reopening of bars, bingo halls and bowling alleys Friday, when restaurants will be allowed to …

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Texas Sees Highest Single-Day Rise In Cases, Deaths

The Austin Statesman reports: State health officials reported 58 new deaths related to the coronavirus and 1,448 new cases Thursday, the highest single-day increase for both numbers. The record number of fatalities brings the statewide death toll from the coronavirus to 1,216, according to the latest data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The previous high was 50 …

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Texas Gov Issues Executive Order Banning Jail Time For Violating Lockdowns: “This Should Free” Dallas Karen

CBS News Dallas reports: After supporting the actions of a Dallas salon owner who was jailed for violating executive stay at home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Greg Abbott has now modified his executive orders and eliminated confinement as a punishment for violating the mandates. “Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault …

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Texas Gov Privately Admits Reopening Will Spike Cases

The Daily Beast reports: During a private call on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott admitted that “every scientific and medical report shows” state reopenings “ipso facto” lead to an increase in novel coronavirus cases, even as he publicly announced plans that same week to end an executive stay-at-home order in the state. “How do we know reopening businesses won’t result …

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