HOUSTON, TX – On Monday Gov. Greg Abbott extended the state’s disaster declaration for all Texas counties in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The declaration was issued on March 13 and ran into July as the pandemic continued to spread through Texas. Under state law, declarations expire in 30 days unless renewed by the governor, and Abbott has renewed it every month since.
At the time of his original emergency declaration, there were less than 50 confirmed cases in the state, not including military facilities. As of Monday, there are over 640,000 people with the virus, according to state health officials. Nearly 13,500 deaths have been recorded since the disaster declaration was put in place.
Renewing the declaration allows the state to continue to aid counties and local governments in their own fights against the virus.
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