Monday AM: Texas re-opens; city to announce task force leader today

The State of Texas is seeing the numbers from the COVID-19 pandemic rise. But the curve is being flattened, and the state will start the long road back to get the state's economy booming again.

Governor Greg Abbott will do this in phases, State parks re-open today with a ban of groups with more than five people.

The on Wednesday the restrictions on medical procedures that we have now will be loosened. On Friday, stores can start offering 'retail to-go.'

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is set to name the leader of the city’s recovery task force this afternoon.

The Greater Houston area now has over 7,300 cases of COVID-19, with 146 Texans losing their lives. The state over 19,000 cases, and 500 people have died.

Houston Congressman Dan Crenshaw is getting praised for the way he handled HBO's Bill Maher over the weekend. Crenshaw says even if you don't support President Trump, respect the office, the way he did when he was wounded in the Iraq war.

"Even though I may have disagreed on so many levels with President Obama, I made sure to get up. I was excited. I was genuinely happy to shake that man's hand, Crenshaw said. You can see the entire interview below.

Elsewhere:

  • A Rice study says social distancing in the areas of the country supporting the President in 2016 were 40% less likely to use social distancing.
  • Almost 135-thousand Texas small businesses took part in the loan program before it ran out of money.
  • Harris County says testing sites closed by yesterday's storms will be open today. Cancelled appointments yesterday will be made up today.

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