Ed Sterling

Department of Defense sends teams to assist hospitals in COVID-19 crisis

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COVID-19 turned aggressive to the point last week that the Department of Defense activated U.S. Army and U.S. Navy medical task force teams and assigned them to Texas at Gov. Greg Abbott’s request. Teams were deployed to support Houston and San Antonio hospitals and medical facilities in hard-hit Rio Grande Valley. The Texas Division of Emergency Management was on the […]

Governor: Hospitals must expand capacity as COVID-19 cases escalate

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Gov. Greg Abbott has again suspended elective surgeries in hospitals in 104 counties located within 11 of the state’s 22 trauma service areas. Each of the trauma service areas has a regional advisory council and a trauma system plan to respond to health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the proclamation, Abbott directed all hospitals in designated counties to […]

Governor’s order mandates wearing of face masks in public

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Gov. Greg Abbott on July 2 issued an executive order to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus while keeping Texas as open as possible for business. With few exceptions, the order requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. Abbott also issued […]

Governor, education commissioner say schools will open in fall

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While COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, case counts, hospitalizations and deaths increased last week, more and more Texans ventured out of their homes with the deadly coronavirus showing no sign of abatement. Gov. Greg Abbott recently renewed his COVID pandemic disaster declaration for all counties affected by the disease. Even so, Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on June 18 […]

White House grants disaster declaration for state of Texas

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President Trump on March 25 issued a major disaster declaration for the state of Texas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump’s action came at the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking additional federal assistance to combat the disease. In recent days Abbott issued multiple waivers of state laws to remove barriers limiting the response to the […]

Governor takes actions to slow down deadly virus

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Texas is more invested every day in promoting increased and thorough hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and social distancing to reduce cases of the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus, COVID-19. As of March 22, the cumulative count of patients testing positive in Texas increased to 334. The death count stood at five with 8,756 people having been tested, according to figures posted […]

Trump, Biden emerge as winners in Texas primaries

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Gov. Greg Abbott on March 13 declared a state of disaster in all Texas counties and listed actions agencies are taking to contain and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, a contagious flulike respiratory disease. Abbott said agency actions would include: —Provide immediate ability to move resources around the state, including resources obtained through the Strategic National Stockpile, […]

Trump, Biden emerge as winners in Texas primaries

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Incumbent President Donald J. Trump, who received 94% of the vote in the Lone Star State’s Republican Primary Election, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who received 34.5% of the vote in the Democratic Primary, were their parties’ top vote-getters on March 3, Super Tuesday. Biden’s closest rival was Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who received 30% of the Democratic vote. […]

Governor gives update on actions to combat coronavirus

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A s the worldwide threat of novel coronavirus increased, state agencies already were working together to ensure the health and safety of all Texans, Gov. Greg Abbott said Feb. 27. After a briefing from state and federal health officials on coronavirus (COVID-19), Abbott provided an update on steps the state is taking. He said the Department of State Health Services […]

Governor establishes clemency application for trafficking, domestic violence survivors

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 20 established a clemency application specifically for survivors of human trafficking or domestic violence. The application, crafted in coordination with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, includes a section that affords the applicant an opportunity to provide a statement to the board regarding their human trafficking or domestic violence victimization. Human trafficking and domestic […]


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