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Gov. Abbott Extends Texas Coronavirus Disaster Declaration

The governor urged Texans to continue practicing social distancing and following guidelines from state and federal officals.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference in this KUT file photo.
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Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to media at a press conference on COVID-19 in February.

Gov. Greg Abbott extended his disaster declaration for all Texas counties on Sunday in response to COVID-19.

He originally issued the declaration, which enables the state to secure resources to mitigate the spread of the disease, on March 13.

"By extending my Disaster Declaration, we are ensuring the state of Texas continues to have adequate resources and capabilities to support our communities and protect public health," Abbott said in a written statement.

The proclamation authorizes "the use of all available resources of state government and political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with the disaster." It also allows the governor to suspend state agency orders or rules that "prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster."

The governor said he urges "all Texans to continue practicing social distancing and abide by the guidelines laid out by the CDC and my Executive Orders to slow the spread of COVID-19."

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