Gov. Abbott closes schools through May 4, extends social distancing order

Yolanda Curtis
April 5, 2020

The state's hospital bed capacity has also increased by over 140 percent since mid-March, according to a press release from Abbott's office.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott praised his residents for their cooperation in fighting COVID-19, and argued that the USA needed to perform more testing to determine who has immunity to the virus. For more information and requests for additions residents should visit www.tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices.


The updated order directs Texans to "minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household". If religious services can not be conducted from home or through remote services, they should be conducted consistent with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"Or", the guidance says, "pastors with smaller congregations may consider conducting multiple services of 10 people or fewer in their sanctuaries, so long as they maintain appropriate social distancing, properly sanitize the building between each service, and provide hand sanitizer". One sick resident at the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio has died.


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". "If you are not involved in the provision of essential services, the best thing for your health is to stay home".

The protective measures are set to expire April 30.


Among a large group of University of Texas students who traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for spring break, 44 have tested positive so far for COVID-19. Together we will continue to rise to the occasion and save lives.

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