Texas ready for coronavirus, Abbott says

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February 27, 2020 - 5:35 pm
Texas coronavirus briefing

Office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- State leaders detailed their efforts to prepare for and combat any potential spread of the coronavirus Thursday afternoon.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and state leaders took part in the briefing at the State Operations Center in north Austin. Representatives from the Department of State Health Services, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other relevant state agencies were present.

"Texas state agencies are monitoring the situation and leading a coordinated and proactive effort to ensure the health and safety of all Texans," Abbott said. "While there have been no reported cases of coronavirus in Texas, our state agencies are taking these precautionary steps to safeguard our communities. The State of Texas will continue to collaborate with our federal and local partners and will provide our communities with the necessary resources to respond to any potential cases of the coronavirus."

State officials have been gearing up for a potential spread of the coronavirus since late January.

Officials offered these tips on how best to avoid the spread of the virus:

  • The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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