Gov. Abbott declines to issue statewide shelter-in-place order
SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Gov. Greg Abbott says there have been 6 coronavirus deaths in Texas and 334 confirmed cases.
There is no shelter in place order in Texas. The governor says there are more than 200 counties that have no reported cases of COVID -19, so he doesn’t believe it’s appropriate at this time to issue a statewide shelter-in-place mandate. However, local municipalities have the authority to implement rules that are more stringent than the governor’s orders. Mayors and county judges could issue shelter-in-place orders if they deem it necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus cases.
“I’m governor, not of Dallas, I’m governor, not of Houston. I am governor of those locations. But I’m also governor of all 254 counties. And so when it comes to statewide interests, I’m looking at what is in the best interest for people around the state of Texas.”
The governor has activated the Texas National Guard and plans to deploy them this week to help in the response to COVID-19. They could set up hospital tents and assist at coronavirus testing sites.
The governor has ordered doctors to postpone non-emergency surgical procedures in order to make more hospital beds available.