Governor Abbott Announces Expanded Health Care Capacities In Texas, Expands Quarantine

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March 30, 2020 - 5:30 am
Governor Abbott Issues New Executive Orders

Credit: Office Of The Governor

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference Sunday afternoon at the State Capitol where he provided new information on the state’s health care capacity and issued additional Executive Orders. 

The Governor announced that hospital beds available for COVID-19 patients have doubled over the past week. He also detailed the joint effort between the state, the Texas Military Department, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  to identify and equip additional locations to serve as health care facilities in the event that hospital capacity is exhausted.

The first of these sites will be the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas where the Governor said they can immediately house 250 patients with the ability to expand quickly.

"While hospitals will remain the primary location to treat and care for those in need, we are ensuring that Texas is prepared for any possible scenario in which current hospital capacity is exhausted," said Governor Abbott. "This joint initiative with the Texas Military Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will expand the care capacity in communities across Texas." 

During the press conference, the Governor issued two new Executive Orders to protect public safety and further combat the spread of COVID-19 in Texas.

 In the first Executive Order, the Governor mandated a 14-day quarantine for road travelers arriving in Texas from any location in Louisiana. The self-quarantine procedure will mirror the process outlined in the Governor's previous Executive Order requiring mandatory self-quarantine for air travelers from the New York Tri-State Area and New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Executive Order now includes air travelers arriving from the following states and cities:

  • California
  • Louisiana
  • Washington
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Miami, Florida

In the second Executive Order, the Governor prohibited the release of individuals in custody for or with a history of offenses involving physical violence or the threat of physical violence. This Executive Order comes in response to concerns of the release or anticipated release of individuals because of COVID-19 who are deemed a danger to society.