Two of Texas' biggest cities are reporting an uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past several days as concerns mount over how protests sparked by the death of … The Championship is one of the world's largest gatherings in competitive robotics. The total number of tests passed 100,000 on April 9 and passed 1 million on May 28, 2020. As of December 21, 2020[update], Texas has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the United States, behind California, and the 28th highest number of confirmed cases per capita.  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.  On a per capita basis Texas ranks 12th among US states, with Louisiana, Florida, Arizona, Mississippi and Georgia leading the list.  The reopening is outlined in three executive orders issued by Abbott that allows for state parks to open under social distancing regulations on April 20, limited nonessential surgeries at hospitals beginning after April 21, and product pickup at retail stores beginning on April 24.  The number rose consistently pushing Texas to chart at the top of cases nationwide and hospitals in the state's largest cities reaching near or full ICU capacity. , Research from Austin Public Health conducted in May found 68 COVID-19 patients in Central Texas who began reporting symptoms dating back to around the beginning of March. Two of Texas' biggest cities are reporting an uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past several days as concerns mount over how protests sparked by the death of George Floyd may be increasing the spread of the virus.  The DSHS declares a public health disaster, marking the first such declaration since 1901. 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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. Start of Phase III: All businesses able to operate at up to 50% capacity.  A three-judge panel on the Fifth Circuit reaffirmed the ban on April 10. Last 15 days.  The reopening process also establishes the Strike Force to Open Texas, an advisory panel to Abbott for reopening economy. , As of July 16, the state had still not established concrete rules for school reopenings in the Fall, but the latest word from Abbott on July 14 was that districts can expect more flexibility on opening classrooms, with state education officials agreeing to continue to fund school districts who choose to stay virtual if mandated by local health officials. A statewide mask mandate was imposed on July 2.  On June 25, Abbott enacted a "temporary pause" on the reopening of the state's economy following record increases in COVID-19 cases. , In January 2021, Texas became the first state to administer 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, equivalent to 3.4% of its population.  The mandated closures made Texas the first U.S. state to reinstate restrictions and closures after reopening. The forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the total death toll in the U.S. could reach 143,000 by the end of the month as a jump in cases has been seen in 18 states. , Only on July 2, when Texas had already recorded more than twice the infections in all of China, Abbott announced some small measures in an executive order effective the afternoon of July 3 requiring local government approval of gatherings of 10 or more people. ", At a news conference on May 5, Abbott indicated that his administration was emphasizing the state's COVID-19 positivity rate to evaluate the reopening of Texas businesses that formally began on May 1.  Two days later, Abbott stated that his administration was "working on very aggressive strategies to make sure Texas [was] first at getting back to work.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo commented on Twitter that "no one should be talking about social darwinism for the sake of the stock market.  Children younger than 10 years old, people with an interfering medical condition are exempted from the order, as well as people attending church, voting at polling places, or exercising outdoors. "Texas Case Counts | COVID-19". Black Lives Matter protests and marches in Abilene have been peaceful. Aug  Nine members of the Texas Freedom Caucus in the Texas House of Representatives sent a letter to Abbott on April 14 pressing for business restrictions to be loosened "to the greatest extent possible. Protests erupt over coronavirus restrictions. Greg Abbott announces team to restart the economy, loosens some restrictions", "Who's on Abbott's Strike Force to Open Texas", "Texas Gov. ", "Texas Lt. Gov.  According to the DSHS, the state exceeded 100 total cases of COVID-19 by March 19 and 1,000 cases by March 26. Roughly two weeks ago, Shamone Turner and her friends, joined a large demonstration for George Floyd.An estimated 60,000 people were in attendance, marching from Discovery Green to Houston’s City Hall.  Abbott grants waivers to hospitals to bolster unused bed capacity without applying or paying added fees.  Abbott also calls for public schools to remain closed for the rest of the 2019–2020 academic year. 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 … The state has recorded over 71,000 cases and at least 1,788 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Nov  On March 31, the Governor announced that schools in the state will continue to stay closed until May 4. Throughout it … TX – There was no shortage of news in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic, a recession, monumental protests and a historic election dominated Texans’ lives. The COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. state of Texas by March 2020. H-E-B, in January 2020, activated a comprehensive pandemic emergency management plan first conceived in 2009 in response to concerns over H1N1. Greg Abbott says schools to remain closed for rest of academic year but eases some coronavirus restrictions", "Retail stores, movie theaters, restaurants and malls able to reopen May 1, Gov.  The de facto statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19 was allowed to expire on April 30.  Throughout March, the state waived various healthcare and economic regulations. "If anything, it's going to be the reopening of society and people becoming fatigued, if you will, with the precautions we've asked them to take.". Texas boy lost both parents to Covid-19.  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. Protesters rally at the Texas State Capitol to speak out against Texas' handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, in Austin, Texas, Saturday, April 18, 2020. Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas businesses would be "governed by the science and the data" but described protesters … A briefing was held by Abbott on January 27 concerning the COVID-19 outbreak; HHS Commissioner Courtney Philips, DSHS Health Services Commissioner John William Hellerstedt, and TDEM Chief Nim Kidd delivered the briefing.  By the end of March 2020, there were 3,266 known cases of COVID-19 and 41 fatalities in Texas, with nearly half of the state's counties reporting at least one case. Greg Abbott joined KVUE Friday, June 5, to talk about the protests, how the State is handling them and concerns about a spike in COVID-19 cases … In counties with at least 20 confirmed cases, the order mandated masks in enclosed public spaces and when social distancing was not feasible (subject to fines of up to $250 for multiple infractions). Actual case numbers are probably higher.  Hair salons and pools authorized to reopen.  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. , 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.  The team includes state leaders, medical experts, and a business advisory group; all consulting members were members of the Republican Party. The patient's attendance of a barbecue at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on February 28 is reported as a possible but unconfirmed source of the virus. The COVID-19 spike in Texas is likely tied to the reopening, not the protests, Rohde said. 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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.  Both events were held without spectators. As of December … However, the governor was chided by Democrats for being too slow to react to the resurgence in cases and by Republicans for overstepping his remit and infringing on personal freedoms. Abbott waives more regulations to help healthcare workers join workforce", "Governor Abbott Temporarily Waives Certain Testing Requirements For Advanced Practice Registered Nurses", "To: State Agency Board/Commission Chairs... (May 20, 2020 Letter)", "Texas Gov. A man in his 70s, he is the first known positive case of the disease in Texas outside of those evacuated from Wuhan and the Diamond Princess cruise ship. 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