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Governor Abbott: Mitigation efforts are working; do not let up

Posted at 2:30 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 15:34:49-04

Governor Abbott gave an update on the state of Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic in a press conference on Monday.

During the press conference, Abbott said that he spoke to White House and other governors on Monday. During that call, white house officials said that according to data, mitigation efforts are working.

However, they warned that if we let up now, it will all be for nothing.

He also said that funds from the government should be available to the state starting April 24. As for direct deposits of relief checks, he said they should start next week.

Abbott also gave an update to travel restrictions. He said air travel from hot spot areas for COVID-19 is still restricted.

DPS also started pulling over vehicles from Louisiana over the weekend. They have set up checkpoint at all border crossings.

He also mentioned that a nursing home in Texas City is dealing with an outbreak. He said Medical Resort Texas City is testing 30 patients with Hydroxychloroquine, a drug being tested to prevent and treat and COVID-19.

Also, with all expenses due to COVID-19, the state government is urging you to keep your reciepts.

He also gave an update on numbers in Texas. He said the state has tested 85,357 people for COVID-19. Out of those tests, 7,319 tested positive.

At this time, 1,153 people are hospitalized. In the state. 140 people have died from the virus.

In terms of medical supplies, the governor said that the state will receive more than 5 million face masks within the next week.

In addition to that, the state has over 1 million masks in possession, over 200,000 face shields, 2.7 million gloves and over 170,000 gowns.

He also said there is over 6,000 ventilators available.

If you have supplies to donate, let the state know about the supplies by clicking here.