Abbott hits pause on further re-opening efforts as Texas fights COVID-19 spike

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June 25, 2020 - 10:52 am
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AUSTIN ( -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is hitting the pause button on further efforts to re-open the state's economy, in the wake of a continuing surge in COVID-19 cases.

Businesses that are already permitted to open can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the protocols already established.

"As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families," Abbott said in a statement. "The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business."

Abbott emphasized efforts that everyone can take to help fight the virus. "I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and socially distancing from others," Abbott said. "The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business."

Wednesday, state officials reported 5,551 new cases of COVID-19, 29 new deaths, and nearly 300 new hospitalizations, the latest in a string of new record highs for daily cases and new hospitalizations. Earlier Thursday, Abbott suspended elective surgeries in four of the state's hardest hit counties in an effort to increase the availability of hospital beds.

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