Across Texas… However, Collin County had more relaxed guidelines for their shelter in place order. The pandemic, protests and the polls: Texas' 2020 in photos. The phase also provided a timetable for amusement parks, carnivals, and restaurants to begin increasing their capacity further out to June 18. Waiver issued to allow restaurants and bars allowed to deliver alcohol along with food purchases. ... Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Fox comments on coronavirus were morbid", "Texas Lt. Gov. This angered some people in areas where people had been dying of COVID-19. "[67] Six county Republican parties formally censured Abbott for his use of executive power in responding to the pandemic, including in Montgomery and Denton Counties. 2020 ArkLaTex Year in Review: The COVID-19 pandemic, crime, and severe weather dominated the news in 2020 in the ArkLaTex, but that's not all that hit the headlines and close to home. Armed militia-style protesters have helped businesses across Texas defy coronavirus lockdowns and reopen. The department and local health departments also began assessing recent travelers to Hubei Province in China with respiratory ailments for possible testing for SARS-CoV-2, encouraging individuals to "contact their health care provider if they develop fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of being in Hubei." The panel also consists of a medical team and a special advisory council. [127][148][149] State parks were also ordered to reopen with COVID-19 regulations on April 20. ... Texas is trying to fill a police academy class. [178] After the reopening's pause and subsequent roll back, some attributed the concurrent rise in cases to the reopening. [12] The patient had recently traveled to Egypt and was hospitalized. [242], Austin City Limits Music Festival, originally scheduled for October 2020, was cancelled on July 1; its organizers describing the cancellation as "the only responsible solution. [164] A Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters released on June 3 found that 49 percent approved of Abbott's handling of stay-home restrictions while 38 percent believed Abbott moved "too fast" with the reopening. [233][234] In response to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Abbott issued an executive order shutting down bars for a second time since the beginning of the pandemic. [17], On March 8, JBSA–Lackland receives around 100 evacuees from the cruise ship Grand Princess following a localized outbreak on board. Increasing numbers of Houston residents have reportedly been diagnosed with COVID-19 after attending protests against the death of George Floyd. [93] The following month, WalletHub ranked the Texas as one of the 10 least aggressive states for limiting COVID-19 exposure based on policy decisions, risk factors, and infrastructure. Photojournalists captured the unforgettable images that defined an epic year in Texas as people grappled with the … Texas boy lost both parents to Covid-19. Greg Abbott pauses Texas' reopening, bans elective surgeries in four counties to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients", "Texas rolls back its reopening a day after pausing plans as coronavirus cases rise", "Hidalgo urges Harris County, now at highest threat level, to stay home as COVID-19 surges", "Texas Governor Rolls Back Reopening as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Hit Record", "Red level l | Harris County Judge Hidalgo announces new Stay Home Work Safe advisory", "Texas governor mandates mask-wearing across most of state as coronavirus cases surge", "Gov. Update at 2:08 p.m. — Protesters outside Texas governor’s mansion call for businesses to reopen. [6], Mar [263] The XFL (Dallas Renegades and Houston Roughnecks) suspended play, and later filed for bankruptcy part-way into the rebooted league's inaugural season. [223][224], On March 14, H-E-B announced that all of their stores across the state will reduce open hours, to help restock items. "We're seeing the numbers increasing. Protesters rally at the Texas State Capitol to speak out against Texas' handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, in Austin, Texas, Saturday, April 18, 2020. [179] Hidalgo stated that the reopening occurred "too quickly" and that other communities seeking to reopen would need to heed the spike in cases as "a word of warning". Start of Phase II: Reopening of different types of businesses. [35] The Texas National Guard is activated, making Texas the 21st U.S. state to activate their National Guard; the security force is not yet deployed. Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 also reach a record high with 4,092. As Houston, Austin, Dallas and other Texas cities cleaned up after the weekend’s demonstrations, some local politicians have asked protesters to monitor themselves for COVID-19 … Protests, Texas COVID Testing Sites, Trump Tweet Four officers are fired after a Black man dies in Minneapolis police custody. Abbott also indicates that respirator enforcement is within the purview of local officials. The acceleration of the pandemic's spread in May and June led the state to pause the economic reopening on June 25, with the government subsequently reinstating restrictions. Greg Abbott says tens of thousands of Texans could test positive for COVID-19 within weeks", "Gov. Notes: The initial origin of community spread in Texas remains unclear, but numerous anecdotal accounts by those later confirmed have included onset dates as early as December 28 in Point Venture, and retrospective analyses have found unexplained statistical increases in deaths during this time. The pandemic, protests and the polls: Texas' 2020 in photos. [153] The de facto statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19 was allowed to expire on April 30. [156] Phase III of the reopening was rolled out on June 3, permitting the immediate increase of all business operation to 50 percent capacity. Jan Greg Abbott expresses regret over reopening Texas bars during coronavirus", "Positivity rate: Breaking down the metric Gov. 14-day quarantines mandated from travelers arriving from pandemic hot-spots in the U.S. All non-essential businesses forced to close for 30 days. Greg Abbott announces team to restart the economy, loosens some restrictions", "Who's on Abbott's Strike Force to Open Texas", "Texas Gov. Dec Abilene Faces Police Recruiting Challenges Amid COVID-19 And Protests. [63][64][65], On July 2, Abbott mandates the wearing of face coverings in public spaces through an executive order, stating that it is "one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic, protests and the polls: Texas' 2020 in photos. Other counties and cities followed suit. In mid-April, the number of new cases began to stabilize and the 7-day average positivity rate fell below 10 percent. [42], On March 26, the cumulative number of confirmed cases in Texas reported by the DSHS surpasses 1,000. However, the governor was chided by Democrats for being too slow to react to the resurgence in cases and by Republicans for overstepping his remit and infringing on personal freedoms. Greg Abbott says", "Texas Sets Records for COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations; Gov. Abbott takes action to expand nursing workforce in Texas", "Gov. [12][13] The patient was a man in his 70s and had traveled on the Nile River cruise ship MS A'sara in Egypt. [3][4][5], In January 2021, Texas became the first state to administer 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, equivalent to 3.4% of its population. [83] A surge in new COVID-19 cases began in June with large increases in the state's major cities and within a younger population compared to the beginning of the pandemic. [158] On June 25, Abbott enacted a "temporary pause" on the reopening of the state's economy following record increases in COVID-19 cases. [80][35][81] According to the DSHS, the state exceeded 100 total cases of COVID-19 by March 19 and 1,000 cases by March 26. Greg Abbott orders Texans to "minimize" nonessential activity outside their homes", "Governor Abbott announces closing schools for the 2019–2020 school year", "Texas officials scramble to provide school reopening guidelines with only weeks of summer left", "School districts across Texas suspend classes over coronavirus concerns, prepare for online learning", "Communities, Schools, Workplaces, & Events", "Texas universities are getting millions in federal money to offset coronavirus losses. [218] In a July 15 press conference, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced 16 new COVID-19 related deaths as well as two new testing sites to handle the demand of residents seeking testing in response to the surging coronavirus cases, calling for a minimum 90 percent compliance from residents for the safety measures to be effective. Two hours later, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins ordered residents of Dallas County to shelter in place beginning 11:59 p.m. on the following day. [29][99][100][101] Abbott and the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) requested health insurers and health maintenance organizations to waive pandemic-related costs for patients on March 5. [47] Abbott also calls for public schools to remain closed for the rest of the 2019–2020 academic year. [36] Abbott grants waivers to hospitals to bolster unused bed capacity without applying or paying added fees. Greg Abbott tells Texans to stay home except for essential activity in April", "Texas State Parks, Historic Sites Ordered Closed", "Governor Abbott Announces Temporary Closure Of State Parks And Historic Sites", "Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing Strike Force To Open Texas", "Gov. "[243][244], Among the closures of school districts and universities across the state, Abbott waived all State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing for the 2019–20 school year for public grade schools on March 16. [211] Nelson Wolff, the Bexar County judge, found a loophole in the order, and on June 17 issued an order fining businesses for allowing in customers without a mask. You combine the risks of COVID-19 and a situation where there’s not adequate safety infrastructure in place: a recipe for a disaster. [49][50], On May 5, Abbott modifies his earlier reopening timetable, allowing barbershops, hairdressers, and nail salons to begin reopening on May 8 while maintaining social distancing. [67] Children younger than 10 years old, people with an interfering medical condition are exempted from the order, as well as people attending church, voting at polling places, or exercising outdoors. Greg Abbott orders Texans in most counties to wear masks in public", "Texas Gov. H-E-B, in January 2020, activated a comprehensive pandemic emergency management plan first conceived in 2009 in response to concerns over H1N1. Abbott and his administration then began directing a "reopening" of the state's economy in April. The COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. state of Texas by March 2020. [216] Over the weekend prior, Turner said he proposed a two-week shutdown to Abbott to help curb the soaring rates; Hidalgo, an early proponent of extending the shutdown, voiced support for another shut down. Protesters rally at the Texas State Capitol to speak out against Texas' handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, in Austin, Texas, Saturday, April 18, 2020. [274], In November 2020 the University of Texas at Austin concluded that from March to October, 231 prisoners in the state died due to COVID-19. Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Sunday said he was encouraged that Gov. Photo: AFP New York, epicentre of the US epidemic, yesterday reported another 540 coronavirus-related deaths for the previous day, the lowest daily tally since 1 April. Demonstrators protest during a "Reopen Maryland" rally outside the State House in Annapolis, Md., calling on the state to lift stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, on April 18, 2020. The number of confirmed fatalities eclipsed 100 on April 4 and 1,000 on May 9. Deaths Near 100,000, An Incalculable Loss, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,, COVID-19 pandemic in the United States by state, Articles with dead external links from July 2020, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with dead external links from June 2020, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles containing potentially dated statements from December 2020, All articles containing potentially dated statements, Pages using bar box without float left or float right, Articles containing potentially dated statements from July 2020, Articles with unsourced statements from July 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. | iHeartRadio [91] The Texas National Guard began supporting testing efforts on March 27. [52] On June 3, Texas enters Phase 3 of Abbott's reopening plan. 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[136] Texas was one of the first states to publicize a timetable for lifting restrictions and the underlying plan was one of the most expansive in the country for reopening businesses. [72][73] On January 7, 2021, a confirmed case of a new, more contagious SARS-CoV-2 variant from the United Kingdom was reported in Texas. [131] Similar training requirements were waived for other medical fields. [119] Texas became the 21st state to activate its National Guard on March 17. As a result, the number of new cases began to rise in early May. Jun Demonstrations have taken place across the US against orders put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus. His family asks community for help celebrating his 5th birthday By Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN 11/17/2020. [127], Abbott announced a phased approach to reopening the Texas economy on April 27, with the state entering Phase I of the plan on May 1. March 25, 2020. Telehealth options expanded. Two of Texas' biggest cities are reporting an uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past several days as concerns mount over how protests sparked by the death of … State parks and historical sites reopened. Apr [184] The mandated closures made Texas the first U.S. state to reinstate restrictions and closures after reopening. April 18, 2020 at 4:34 pm. More people began to trickle in shortly before 10 a.m., with armed members of Patriots for America and Texas Militia joining members of Texas for Medical Freedom, a group protesting COVID … The COVID-19 spike in Texas is likely tied to the reopening, not the protests, Rohde said. [55] Abbott orders the HHSC to reinstate COVID-19 health and safety standards at child care centers, reversing the agency's lifting of those requirements on June 12. Greg Abbott waives STAAR test requirements amid COVID-19 school closures", "Gov. [256] On June 8, both UT-Austin and Texas A&M University announced that wearing masks will be required when inside campus buildings during the Fall 2020 semester. [62] Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo evaluates the county as having reached the highest threat level, indicating a "severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19", and calls for the reinstatement of a stay-at-home order for the county in addition to prohibiting outdoor gatherings with more than 100 people in unincorporated parts of the county. Texas teachers protest in-person instruction while COVID-19 cases rise. Texas hit a new record high for COVID-19 hospitalizations Sunday, as a surge of the virus continued to strain state medical resources following holiday travel and gatherings. Texas prisons have seen over 27,000 COVID-19 cases, almost 11 percent of the total Texas incarcerated population. [167] Abbott stated in an interview with KVIA-TV in El Paso that "If I could go back and redo anything, it would probably would have been to slow down to opening bars, now seeing in the aftermath of how quickly the coronavirus spread in the bar setting. 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[54] Abbott gives approval for mayors and county judges to enact restrictions on outdoor gatherings with more than 100 people, reducing the size limit from 500. "[145] On April 17, Abbott began the process of reopening the Texas economy,[146] establishing the Strike Force To Open Texas in an executive order to "study and make recommendations... for revitalizing the Texas economy". [141] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo commented on Twitter that "no one should be talking about social darwinism for the sake of the stock market. Alex Jones joins Texas protest against coronavirus lockdown orders as crowds chant ‘Fire Fauci’ More than one million people have filed for unemployment in Texas since the crisis began [123][124], Texas Historical Commission historical sites and state parks were closed beginning at 5 p.m. April 7,[125][126] remaining closed until an executive order reopened them on April 20. Texas has case incidence and COVID fatality rates near the U.S. median, but as the second most populous state, has had a large number of deaths from COVID-19. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. The same analysis found that such orders in urbanized counties accounted for 90 percent of attenuated case growth in the state by May. [186] The Texas Medical Association supported the mask mandate. "[275] Based on an early 190 deaths count, UT Austin issued a report stating that the death rate of people in correctional supervision in Texas was 135% the general death rate. According to the dashboard, 89 cases are considered active. [78][24][79][25] The first death in Texas identified in connection with COVID-19 occurred on March 14 from a man in his 90s at the Matagorda Regional Medical Center; Matagorda County officials reported the death on March 15 and the DSHS confirmed it the following day. [121][122] However, Abbott issued a de facto stay-at-home order on May 31 directing all Texans to remain at home unless conducting essential activities and services and to "minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household." [11] Two days later, the DSHS reports a presumptive positive test result for COVID-19 from a resident of Fort Bend County in the Houston area. This page was last edited on 15 January 2021, at 11:32. [67][68] Austin Mayor Adler issues an executive order, restricting gatherings with more than 10 people outside of child-care services, religious gatherings, and recreational sports. [18][19] Rice University becomes the first university in the state to enact significant cancellations, suspending in-person classes and undergraduate labs during the week in response to an employee testing positive in connection with the viral cluster that traveled to Egypt. Greg Abbott is doing better on the economy and coronavirus than President Donald Trump", University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll Crosstabs, "Texans wary of flying because of coronavirus, cautious about in-person shopping, Dallas News-UT Tyler poll shows", "Poll: 47% of restaurants in Texas will not reopen Friday", "New Texas poll shows virtual tie between Trump and Biden, soft support for Cornyn", "Virus outbreak reshapes presidential race in Sun Belt — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll", "Texas set to reopen under political shadow", "Mixed Feelings About Texas Shopping Malls Reopening Friday", "Health experts give Abbott's plan to reopen Texas mixed reviews, warn state should revive stay-at-home order if surge emerges", "Governor's Plan To Reopen Texas Generates Mixed Reactions", "Restaurant owners in East Texas mixed on reopening with limited capacity Friday", "Abbott faces crosswinds as he prepares plan to reopen Texas", "State Representative Says More Coronavirus Testing Is Needed Before Texas Opens Businesses", "Medical professionals, politicians react to Gov. No capacity limits on most outdoor areas. Abbott pauses Texas reopening plan as cases continue to soar", "Reopening Plans Across U.S. Are Creating Confusing Patchwork", "Is Texas the first state to roll out a timeline to begin reopening? [185], Only on July 2, when Texas had already recorded more than twice the infections in all of China, Abbott announced some small measures in an executive order effective the afternoon of July 3 requiring local government approval of gatherings of 10 or more people. TX – There was no shortage of news in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic, a recession, monumental protests and a historic election dominated Texans’ lives. Throughout it … Oct The total number of tests passed 100,000 on April 9 and passed 1 million on May 28, 2020. [30] Colleges and universities throughout the state extend their spring breaks with some transitioning to online instruction, including Baylor University, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and Texas Tech University. Start of Phase III: All businesses able to operate at up to 50% capacity. [150] The first phase permitted the operation of retail establishments, restaurants, movie theaters, shopping malls, libraries and museums at 25 percent occupancy and with health protocols in place; these relaxed restrictions superseded all local orders. Masks mandated in enclosed public spaces in all counties with at least 20 confirmed cases. Two of Texas' biggest cities are reporting an uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past several days as concerns mount over how protests sparked by the death of … [150][181] Abbott considered a positivity rate exceeding 10 percent as a "red flag". Abbott Waiving Certain Licensing Regulations for Texas Pharmacy Workers", "Gov. [169][170][171][172] Nine members of the Texas Freedom Caucus in the Texas House of Representatives sent a letter to Abbott on April 14 pressing for business restrictions to be loosened "to the greatest extent possible. "[139][140] As Patrick appeared to insinuate lives were worth sacrificing for the health of the economy, his comments drew criticism on Twitter, where the hashtag #NotDying4WallStreet trended.

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