Governor Abbott expected to make COVID-19 announcement today


With the number of positive coronavirus cases continuing to rise in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to make a major announcement today aimed at further limiting the spread of COVID-19.

The governor hinted Wednesday of a possible statewide shutdown of bars, nightclubs and dine-in restaurant service -- a decision now being made at the local level.

"We're dealing with something, however, that's not just statewide in scope or nationwide in scope, but worldwide in scope," Abbott said. "I will be providing an announcement that addresses all of this."

There's also talk of converting old hospitals, walk-in clinics and other properties into quarantine centers.

"Stand alone, empty motels are hotels are very useful for single person bedrooms. They have a bathroom in it for people that have tested positive for COVID-19 but are not in critical condition," Abbott explained.

That would free up hospital beds for only those needing critical care.


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