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Governor issues major disaster declaration for Texas after president's approval

Governor Abbott declares state of emergency
Posted at 1:38 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 15:06:23-04

The Governor of Texas just tweeted that the president has approved his latest declaration request.

President Trump just granted a Major Disaster Declaration for Texas. This will expand the resources available to Texas and speed the ability to robustly respond to coronavirus.

This declaration comes a day after he announced 11 COVID-19 related deaths in the state.

Governor Greg Abbott today released a statement thanking President Trump for issuing a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas. This announcement comes after the Governor requested the declaration—citing the need for additional federal assistance to save lives, to protect property, public health, and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of COVID-19.

“Texas is aggressively pursuing and implementing all necessary strategies to limit the impact of COVID-19, and I thank President Trump for his swift action to issue a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “The President’s declaration opens up new sources of funding for individual and public assistance that will help Texas respond to this public health emergency and protect public health and safety.”