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Gov. Greg Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott, republican and incumbent since 2015, is the Governor responsible for Texas’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping the nation.  In a recent press conference, he states that Texas State agencies have been preparing for the eventual Texas spread of this Corona Virus outbreak for the past month. 

Currently, he stated, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), who is leading Austin’s response, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management are leading weekly, and in some cases, daily calls with other state agencies, with the goal of coordinating local efforts.

Governor Abbott’s response has focused on local responses.  Though there has been pressure to, the Governor has refrained from ordering that all Texas residents must shelter in place.  However, he has stressed that this doesn’t prevent local governments from executing similar orders.  From his perspective, he does not want to negatively impact businesses in counties where the virus hasn’t been confirmed to have reached yet.

On Thursday, March 20, 2020, he did order Texans to keep public gatherings under 10 people, restaurants to end dining-in, and he closed public schools, temporarily.  As of now, that order is in place until April 3.  He has not extended this to a “shelter-in-place” order yet, citing a desire to see the results of Thursday’s order first.

In this latest press conference, however, he did outline penalties, including $1,000 fines and jail time for disobeying mandatory quarantine orders.

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