Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation Friday extending his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19 that was originally issued on March 13th.
The Disaster Declaration provides the state a number of resources to effectively serve Texans as the state continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
“Extending this Disaster Declaration helps ensure that Texas has the resources and flexibility needed to effectively respond to COVID-19,” Governor Abbott stated in the release. “To further mitigate the spread of the virus and overcome this challenge, Texans should continue to do their part by wearing a mask, social distancing, and staying home if possible.”
The original declaration triggered several actions by the Governor such as:
- Authorizing the use of all available and necessary state government resources to help manage this situation.
- Activating the state emergency management plan and the State Operations Center to enhance the state’s planning and response capabilities.
- Giving TDEM the ability to reassign & fully utilize appropriate personnel where they are needed most.
- Providing the immediate ability to move resources around the state, including resources obtained through the Strategic National Stockpile.
- Empowering the Office of the Texas Attorney General (OAG) to pursue cases of price-gouging and ensure that offenders are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.