Gov. Abbott extends COVID-19 disaster declaration

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Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, delivers remarks at a press conference about the state’s coronavirus response at the Texas State Capitol on April 8, 2020. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)

AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Gov. Greg Abbott has extended the COVID-19 disaster declaration for the state, according to a release Sunday.

The declaration was initially issued back on March 13 as Texans prepared for the battle against Coronavirus.

“By extending my Disaster Declaration, we are ensuring the state of Texas continues to have adequate resources and capabilities to support our communities and protect public health,” said Governor Abbott in a statement. “I urge all Texans to continue practicing social distancing and abide by the guidelines laid out by the CDC and my Executive Orders to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The declaration sparked a number of actions including the authorization of all available state government resources, enhanced planning and response capabilities, reassigning of personnel to handle the outbreak, ability to move resources across the state and allows the Attorney General to pursue cases of price-gouging.

So far, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, more than 13,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported state-wide with 271 fatalities.

A total of 124,553 people have been tested for the Coronavirus and at least 2,000 have recovered from the illness, stats show.

You can read the full proclamation from the Governor below:

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