First patient in the US was given a diagnosis of infection with COVID-19 by the state of Washington and CDC.
Says, "The Lone Star State will remain vigilant to protect the health and safety of all Texans."Read More
“Texans are going to be very pleased to learn the extent of which we’ve already been working to deal with the coronavirus,” Abbott said. “This is something we’ve been working on for well over a month. We’re getting collaboration with CDC, federal officials, local officials making sure Texas is very well prepared.”
Texas Department of State Health Services reported the first positive test result for COVID-19 in Texas from a resident of Fort Bend County.
As the number of COVID-19 cases increased, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo painted a concerning picture about the county's ability to test for the virus.Read More
The first death in Texas from COVID-19 was a man in Matagorda County.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins pointed out that a patchwork of rules among counties was not helping to limit the spread. “We need the state to come in and lay out some parameters … We have community spread and we have to act, but we need our neighbors alongside us. And so we need the governor to lead on that," said Jenkins.Read More
A report from the Kinder Institute at Rice University showed Texas was found to be one of the least vigilant states in the nation (49th) in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.More
Governor promises that Texas will "soon" be receiving more than one millions masks per week.
After delaying for weeks to appease the right wing fringe, Abbott finally follows the lead of local elected officials like Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.Read More
The State of Texas is ahead of the curve to meet our hospital capacity needs in the coming weeks and months," said Governor Abbott.
Family care physicians say they don’t have enough personal protective equipment, so they’re seeking other solutions.Read More
While the virus was rapidly spreading in nursing homes, Texas refused to share data collected from those facilities about numbers who had fallen ill.Read More
A Houston Chronicle analysis of testing data showed that Texas has the second-worst rate of testing per capita in the nation, with only 332 tests conducted for every 100,000 people. Only Kansas ranked lower, at 327 per 100,000 people.Read More
Abbott also chooses Mike Toomey, a notorious pay-to-play lobbyist to be its Chief Operating Officer. It is unclear what, if any, affect the strike force had on Abbott's response.Read More
Abbott said medicine will be avilable by the start of the school year that "will basically cure people who have COVID-19." No evidence supported that claim.Read More
Abbott contradicts his own saftey guidelines after pressure from right wing extremists. In the heat of a dramatic uptick in cases, Abbott announced businesses could start to reopen, ignoring federal guidance about reopening criteria.Read More
Abbott announced further reopening of businesses, including barber shops and bowling alleys. In doing so less than a week after previous reopening plans, Abbott ignored his earlier warnings that Texas should wait 2 weeks after first reopenings to see if COVID cases increased.Read More
Abbott met with Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., where the president praised Abbott for Texas' COVID-19 response.Read More
During a national television interview, Abbott attacked elected officials who were enforcing Abbott's executive order that included penalties for Texans who violated the order.Read More
Abbott approved contract with MTX Group to manage the state's contact tracing efforts. Abbott would later be sued by his own party who say the approval process lacked transparency and was unconstitutional. It remains unclear if the contact tracing program ever worked correctly or how much money was wasted.Read More
Intestigations show that Abbott had been withholding billions of dollars in federal meant primarily for rural counties.Read More
Public health experts say the death toll is very likely an undercount.Read More
Mismanagement and missed opportunities are outlined nearly every step of the way by the federal government and Abbott's administration.Read More
Since the start of the pandemic approval of Abbott's response dropped 12 percentage points and disapproval rose by 17 points. More Texans disapprove of Abbott's actions than approve.Read More
Abbott goes two months without formally addressing Texans on the status of the virus or provide updates on his repsonse.
The morgue in El Paso was so overwhelmed by the number of people dying that incarcerated Texans from the county’s detention facility wre brought in to assist with the overflow of bodies awaiting autopsy.Read More
Governors in other states began implementing stronger safety measures to curb spikes but Abbott said the state would not change course.Read More
During a TV appearance, Abbott acknowledged the state was seeing a virus spike but said he would only rely on hospitalization rates, a lagging indicator, to guide his decision-making.Read More
Texas is required to expend the federal coronavirus relief funds before the end of the year. The Governor's office refused to clearly outline their plan to successfuly deliver billions in funding to communities like rural counties that had requested funds months ago.Read More
Providers said the state gave little instruction or information on when allotments will arrive, how immunization operations should be organized and what principles ought to be followed in prioritizing within groups.Read More