Ed Sterling

Instead of No. 2 pencils, PPEs top back-to-school list

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Back-to-school lists aren’t the same this year. Gov. Greg Abbott talked last week about why the state is stockpiling personal protective equipment. “As local school boards make determinations on how and when they choose to open schools, the state is working to help ensure that there will be a strong supply of PPE waiting for them to keep students, teachers […]

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 […]


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