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Gov. Greg Abbott Expands Executive Order, Deploys Texas National Guard

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Governor Greg Abbott Sunday prodded the federal government to do more to ensure states have enough test kits and medical supplies to fight the spreading coronavirus outbreak.  Abbott also issued new executive orders aimed at freeing up hospital resources to handle what could be an onslaught of COVID-19 patients in Texas.  Hospitals will now be allowed to treat two patients in a room, rather than one.  The second order directs heath care workers to postpone all “elective or non-essential” medical procedures.  Governor Abbott also deployed the Texas National Guard which he had activated last week.  He says Guard soldiers will help hospitals deal with the outbreak, and could also be placed at drive-thru coronavirus testing sites.   Abbott, however, declined to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order that officials in the Dallas and Houston areas had urged him to do.

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