Abbott halts further reopening as virus totals spike

Posted 6/25/20

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that further phases of reopening for Texas business will be put on hold after a sharp rise in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

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Abbott halts further reopening as virus totals spike

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that further phases of reopening for Texas business will be put on hold after a sharp rise in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

In a press release, Abbott said businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” Abbott said in the release. “The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business. I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and socially distancing from others. The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business.”

Texas has seen surging case totals in the past two weeks, with new daily case totals rising from 1,254 on June 15 to 5,551 new confirmed cases on Wednesday.

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