Friday AM: Abbott set to announce re-opening today; new testing sites open

The President unveiled his plan to re-open the country's economy on Thursday. Texas Governor Greg Abbott takes center stage on Friday afternoon.

Abbott will outline his plan at a Noon news conference. The Texas economy is expected to re-open in phases. So will things change around Houston? Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says there are conversations about it.

"We're having them. But I want to caution against thinking that means that we are ready to re-open. We are not," she said.

Hidalgo announced that two area Walgreens will start offering rapid tests beginning today; the one 14531 Westheimer Road in Houston and in Pasadena on Southmore Avenue. Testing will be available for symptomatic first responders, healthcare workers, or people over the age of 65.


  • A group of small business owners, the Houston Coronavirus Business Group, have started a petition that looks to open Houston small businesses by May 1st. The petition already has hundreds of signatures.
  • Officials say the curve is beginning to flatten in the Greater Houston area, which reported 286 new cases yesterday. There were nine new deaths to bring the total to 123.
  • The state of Texas reported 946 new cases and 36 new deaths yesterday. The number of deaths in Texas is 427.
  • Dallas County and the city of San Antonio are requiring residents to wear cloth mask when they go to essential businesses and use mass transit.
  • ExxonMobil is giving meals and medical face masks to area health care workers, police officers and firefighters responding to the pandemic.

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