Houston News : Abbott halts additional phases of Texas’ reopening, suspends elective surgeries in 4 counties

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives an update on Texas Hospital bed capacity and the strategy to fight COVID-19 in the state of Texas during a press conference at Texas Department of Public Safety, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives an update on Texas Hospital bed capacity and the strategy to fight COVID-19 in the state of Texas during a press conference at Texas Department of Public Safety, Tuesday, June 16,

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Photo: Ricardo B. Brazziell, MBR / Associated Press

Photo: Ricardo B. Brazziell, MBR / Associated Press

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives an update on Texas Hospital bed capacity and the strategy to fight COVID-19 in the state of Texas during a press conference at Texas Department of Public Safety, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives an update on Texas Hospital bed capacity and the strategy to fight COVID-19 in the state of Texas during a press conference at Texas Department of Public Safety, Tuesday, June 16,

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Photo: Ricardo B. Brazziell, MBR / Associated Press

Abbott halts additional phases of Texas’ reopening, suspends elective surgeries in 4 counties

Following a record single-day increase of COVID-19 cases in the state, Gov. Greg Abbott has paused further phases of the state’s reopening plan, according to a Thursday news release.

Businesses that have already lawfully reopened are allowed to continue to operate under state health protocols and limited occupancy levels. Abbott said the pause will help the state focus on addressing the uptick in cases and hospitalizations.

“The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses,” Abbott said. “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.”

Abbott has also issued an order mandating hospitals in in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties postpone elective surgeries to ensure systems do not become overwhelmed, according to a Thursday release.

“These four counties have experienced significant increases in people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 and today’s action is a precautionary step to help ensure that the hospitals in these counties continue to have ample supply of available beds to treat COVID-19 patients,” Abbott said.

Leader’s of Houston’s Texas Medical Center said during a Thursday press conference that despite rising cases and hospitalizations, the system is well-prepared capacity-wise and stressed the pandemic is not eclipsing hospital capabilities. 

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